Degrees of Access (May 2008 data)
Three “thermometers” of access show the disparities among various groups when it comes to internet access, cell phone use, and broadband access at home.
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.
Degrees of Access
New “thermometer” charts show degrees of access to the internet and cell phones among various demographic groups.
Information Searches That Solve Problems
There are several major findings in this report. One is this: For help with a variety of common problems, more people turn to the internet than consult experts or family members to provide information and resources.
How the Other Half Goes Online
How 19th century institutions are adapting to their cities’ 21st century needs.
Internet Cafes in Rural China
In China, the internet cafe has overtaken the workplace as the second most popular place after their own homes for internet users to go online. Most of the increase in internet café use is in rural areas.
Poor and Elderly E-patients
This just in: “The Internet appears to be a double-edged sword, assisting in the search for health care information for the poor and elderly while magnifying existing gaps based on other factors.”
Closing the Broadband Divide
When you look at the data on Americans without broadband at home, it suggests it will take time to get these holdouts off the digital sidelines.
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+.