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
(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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