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…
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…
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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+.
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 …
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.
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.