Americans Wired to the Internet
to a recent study, an increasingly diverse and growing group of
Americans have access to the Internet.
The report, released in February by the Pew Internet and American
Life Project, stated that 101 million American adults have access
to the Internet. Additionally, around three-quarters of U.S. children
now have access either at school or in the home.
Pew study also revealed that the gap in the Digital Divide still
persists though is narrowing in all areas. Among Americans with
income levels below $30,000 only 38% have Internet access, compared
to 82% of households earning more than $75,000. The good news though
is that people who make less are coming online more rapidly than
higher income groups.
now exceed the number of men on the World Wide Web, closing the
gender gap according to the Pew study. The report shows women pulling
slightly ahead of men with 50.6% of American adults with Internet
access being women and 49.4% men.
senior citizens 65 and older the "gray gap" still persists.
Of this age group only 15% report having access. Middle-aged Americans
in the 50-64 age group though have experienced enormous growth according
to the study.
survey also found more people logging on daily with 56% reporting
logging on a given day. There were exceptional increases in women
and minorities, particularly African Americans in this area.
being able to retrieve information instantly or buy groceries
on-line, understand the impact that the Internet has on our daily
And here in California, Pacific Bell has been proud of its role
foster Californians Internet appetite by advocating responsible
policies that promote flat-rate pricing for unlimited web surfing
everyone to have affordable web access.
more information on this report please see the Pew Internet and
American Life Project's website, www.pewinternet.org.