38% of adults age 65 and older go online, a significantly lower rate of adoption than the general population (74%).
Home broadband adoption increases sharply in 2009 with big jumps among seniors, low-income households, and rural residents even though prices have risen since last year.
Most broadband users see home high-speed connections as very important in community and civic life.
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...
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.
Seniors, Youth & Privacy
New analysis of our data & others indicates that younger people are more likely to take action to prevent identity fraud & spyware.
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