Thursday, September 13, 2007

Shocking statistics?

I was reading an article in the NY Times and came across these statistics, which I found shockingly surprising.

"...there are 78 million boomers — roughly three times the number of teenagers — and most of them are Internet users who learned computer skills in the workplace. Indeed, the number of Internet users who are older than 55 is roughly the same as those who are aged 18 to 34, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, a market research firm."

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/12/technology/12social.html?em&ex=1189828800&en=dba0be3c324d09fd&ei=5087%0A

So I have to ask: am I the only one surprised by these numbers?

2 comments:

Jojo said...

Hm, no, not really surprised. Why does it surprise you?

BookBitch said...

I had no idea that there as many 55+ online as 18-34 year olds. I thought that pretty much everyone in the 18-34 age group would be online, while a much smaller percentage would apply to the 55+. Maybe those numbers have to do more with total population?

I work in a library that is in one of the largest and most affluent retirement areas, and my husband helps many 55+ set up their computers and learn how to use them; but that said, the numbers still were staggering to me.

Live and learn.

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