The Internet and Social Inequalities (Contemporary by James C. Witte;Susan E. Mannon

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In the second half of this chapter, we’ll take a close look at what people do online and how this varies by the demographic characteristics discussed in the first half of the chapter. 2 provide a basic demographic description of the Pew samples in 2000 and 2007. S. population. It’s important to note, however, that there tend to be gender, race, and educational differences between individuals who agree to participate in surveys and individuals who refuse to participate. S. population than they would otherwise be using random sampling methods.

001. 6 The most significant age-related differences are primarily found for online searches and buying products online, with those over 65 years of age least likely to do each compared with other age groups. With the exception of online searching, there are also significant differences in online activities according to race. Blacks are least likely to use the Internet in all four respects; whites are most likely to use the Internet to buy products online; and Asians are most likely to use the Internet at work and to email.

2 American adults who ever used the Internet by age, 2000 and 2007. 3 American adults who used the Internet on previous day by age, 2000 and 2007. 3 present age-related trends in Internet use among American adults. Here, too, we note increasing percentages of use across all age categories, both among those who had ever used the Internet and among those who had used the Internet the previous day. Among the three youngest age groups (18–24 years, 25–34 years, and 35–44 years), over half had been online in 2000 and over 85 percent had been online as of 2007.

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