UncategorizedNovember 30, 2008

Many Older Adults Remain Offline in an Online World

A New York Times article,That Digital Divide, Bridged in a Classroom, features our August 2008 data on computer usage, which tracks with our f…

UncategorizedJuly 21, 2008

Internet Access Among Older Adults

Pew Internet Project data is quoted in an AP story about how John McCain is not a frequent internet user, so I thought I’d highlight some sources for people who…

UncategorizedJuly 2, 2008

Home Broadband 2008

Some 55% of all adult Americans now have a high-speed internet connection at home. The percentage of Americans with broadband at home has grown from 47% in early 2007.

UncategorizedJanuary 11, 2008

The Internet Gains in Politics

The internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the presidential campaign. Nearly a quarter of Americans (24%) say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the internet, almost the double the percentage from …

UncategorizedOctober 17, 2007

Geezers Crashing the Facebook Party

According to local college students, there’s clearly something creepy and weird about the influx of adults “infiltrating” what were once the collegiate walls of Facebook.

UncategorizedJune 28, 2007

Libraries, Older Adults & Technology

Older adults are less likely than younger adults to go online, but there are exceptions — those who “feel” and “do” younger than their chronological age.

UncategorizedJune 22, 2007

Broadband, Cell Phones, and the Continuing Reality of the Grey Gap

Older adults are still the least likely group to have basic internet access and broadband access at home. However, information specialists can design outreach plans that are targeted at certain groups dominated by people age 50+.

UncategorizedNovember 14, 2006

Seniors and the Internet

Any system being designed for consumers should take advantage of two trends: the centrality of search and the importance of peer advice (whether via email, social networking sites, blogs, or other emerging technologies). Both trends are likely to …

UncategorizedMay 23, 2006

Seniors and Teens: Not So Different

Fully 87% of teens go online, compared to just 32% of Americans age 65+. This leads, of course, to a wide gap when it comes to computer skills; there is less of a gap when it comes to the some of the activities each group pursues online.

UncategorizedApril 11, 2006

Are “Wired Seniors” Sitting Ducks?

Older internet users may be easy targets for viruses, spyware and the like. Younger internet users take more chances online, but they also take more precautions.