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A Profile of Older Americans: 2005

Special Topic: Computer and Internet Access

Among the 23.0 million households where the householder was 65 or older, 8.0 million households (34.7%) had a computer, slightly more than half the figure for the general population (61.8%). Internet access was present in 6.8 million (29.4%) of the elderly households which is 53.7% of the figure for the general population (54.7%). On an individual basis, 13.8 million (40.1%) of the older persons had home computer access and 11.8 million (34.4%) had home Internet access, which is 58.4% of the figure for the general population. As shown in Figure 10, these figures represent a substantial increase in computer and internet use among older persons in the four years from 2000 to 2003. Of these people, 8.6 million (25.1% of the elderly) used the Internet, mostly for email, information on and purchase of products and services, and health information.

Figure 10: Computer and Internet Access: 2000 and 2003
Figure 10: Computer and Internet Access in 2000 and 2003.  Elderly households with computer in house 24 percent in 2000 and 35 percent in 2003.  Elderly households with internet access 18 percent in 2000 and 29 percent in 2003. Older persons with home computer access 28 percent in 2000 and 40 percent in 2003.  Older persons who use the internet at home 13 percent in 2000 and 34 percent in 2003.

(Sources: Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2003, Current Population Reports, P23-208, Bureau of the Census, October, 2005; and Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2000, Current Population Reports, P23-207, Bureau of the Census, September, 2001)

 

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