Thursday, October 27, 2005

Census on Computer and Internet Use

This is out today. If you click on the web link, you can download files that show age breakdowns and a lot more. For example, only about 35 percent of people over age 65 have a computer in house, but boomers, as you might expect, are higher -- in 60s to 70s, depending on age. Here's intro to release: "Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2003 -- A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 40 percent of adults used the Internet to obtain news, weather or sports information in 2003, a sharp increase from only 7 percent six years earlier. In a measure of how interpersonal communications are changing, more than half of adults (55 percent) used e-mail or instant messaging in 2003, a dramatic increase from the 12 percent who did so in 1997. The report also shows the Internet has become an integral part of the economy. In 2003, nearly half (47 percent) of adults used the Internet to find information on products or services. About one-third (32 percent) actually purchased a product or service online, compared with only 2 percent of adults who shopped online in 1997."

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