The Net’s Late Bloomers
Computer use among elders in a NYT (3/25/04) article
NYT Article (Mar 25, 2004) by Katie Hafner
Once largely written off as a lost cause, older Americans are now coming into their own as Internet users. They are researching their family histories, sending e-mail, running virtual book clubs, reading about religion and travel, and pursuing other interests lifelong and new.
According to a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, a research organization in Washington, the ranks of Americans over 65 who use the Internet have jumped by 47 percent since 2000, making them the fastest-growing group to embrace the online world.
…Susannah Fox, director of research at Pew, said the biggest factor pushing older Americans toward Internet use has been family. “Younger Internet users have probably encouraged their parents and grandparents to start communicating with e-mail, and many seniors have turned out to love it,” Ms. Fox said.
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