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New report from Pew on digital divide

Press release: Two-thirds of American adults go online and one-third do not, Pew Internet & American Life Project, 10/5/2005.

Report: Digital Divisions (pdf, 17pp) Pew Internet & American Life Project, October 5, 2005.

A new study from Pew on the state of digital access by the American public. Among the findings on limited access:

  • Thirty-two percent of American adults, or about 65 million people, do not go online, and it is not always by choice.
  • 26% of Americans age 65 and older go online, compared with 67% of those age 50-64, 80% of those age 30-49, and 84% of those age 18-29.
  • 57% of African-Americans go online, compared with 70% of whites.
  • 22% say they have never used the internet or email and do not live in an internet-connected household. These truly disconnected adults occupy essentially the same percentage of the population as in 2002, when 23% of American adults said they have never used the internet and do not live with anyone who has access.

Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Internet Project:

There are three degrees of internet access – cold, tepid, and hot. There is a group of Americans for whom the internet remains a mystery. They live lives far removed from the online world. Then there is the larger group of dial-up and intermittent users who are connected, but are not necessarily daily users. Finally, there is the broadband elite who are likely to go online every day and be devoted to their online pursuits.

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