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AARP Bulletin, December 1, 2009
Where do you use a computer?
At a library
At a computer store
At a friend or family member’s house
I don’t use a computer
Do you ever use the Internet to …
Send and receive e-mail or instant messages
Take online courses
Read newspapers, magazines, books
Join “affinity” groups to participate in political, health or social discussions
Buy a product online, such as books, music, toys or clothing
Research information about a topic or issue of interest to you
Watch video on a site such as YouTube or Google Video
Use online social or professional networking site such as MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn
Play online games
Search for a job
Do online banking
Make travel reservations
How often do you use the Internet?
Several times a day
About once a day
Every few days
Less often than every few days
How long have you used the Internet?
Less than one year
More than 10 years
How did you learn to use the Internet?
Through my work
I taught myself
I went to a class
A friend or family member showed me
If you don’t use the Internet now, would you like to learn how to?
If not, why not?
I’m not interested
It’s too expensive
I don’t have time
I don’t have the technical aptitude to learn to use one
I’m concerned about online security/identity theft
I don’t have access to a computer
No need to
Survey of 1,013 adults age 50 and older conducted by ICR between Oct. 23 and Nov. 3, 2009.
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