Older Americans and the Internet

Just 22% of seniors go online, but their enthusiasm for e-mail and search may inspire their peers to take the leap. This is a 47% jump since 2000.

In a February 2004 survey, 22% of Americans age 65 or older reported having access to the Internet, up from 15% in 2000. That translates to about 8 million Americans age 65 or older who use the Internet. By contrast, 58% of Americans age 50-64, 75% of 30-49 year-olds, and 77% of 18-29 year-olds currently go online.