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Friday, October 07, 2005

Americans who use the internet

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Posted by Jim_Downing at 04:10 PM
The Pew Internet & American Life Project latest report says "there are clear differences among those with broadband connections, dial-up connections, and no connections at all to the internet". The summary offindings section of the report says "two-thirds of American adults go online and one-third do not.As of May-June 2005, 68% of American adults, or about 137 million people, use the internet, up from 63% one year ago. Thirty-two percent of American adults, or about 65 million people, do not use the internet and not always by choice. Certain groups continue to lag in their internet adoption, including Americans age 65 and older, African-Americans, and those with less education. For example:26% of Americans age 65 and older go online, compared with 67% of those age 50-64, 80% of those age 30-49, and 84% of those age 18-29.57% of African-Americans go online, compared with 70% of whites.29% of those who have not graduated from high school have access, compared with61% of high school graduates and 89% of college graduates.60% of American adults who do not have a child living at home go online, comparedwith 83% of parents of minor children.Most internet users have many years of online experience, even if there have been gaps in their usage. Indeed, “newbies,” those who have had access for one year or less, now account for just 6% of the overall American adult internet population. Fully 79% of internet users have now had access for four years or more. In contrast, in 2002, 17% of internet users were newbies and 52% were veterans, with four or more years of experience.One in five American adults (22%) say they have never used the internet or email and do not live in internet-connected households. These truly disconnected adults occupy essentially the same percentage of the population as in 2002, when 23% of American adults said they have never used the internet and do not live with anyone who has access".

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