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Over half of the adult internet population is between 18 and 44 years old. But larger percentages of older generations are online now than in the past, and they are doing more activities online, according to surveys taken from 2006-2008.
Contrary to the image of Generation Y as the "Net Generation," internet users in their 20s do not dominate every aspect of online life. Generation X is the most likely group to bank, shop, and look for health information online. Boomers are just as likely as Generation Y to make travel reservations online. And even Silent Generation internet users are competitive when it comes to email (although teens might point out that this is proof that email is for old people).
About the Survey
The results of this survey are based on data from a series of telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International primarily between August 2006 and December 2008. For all results based on adult internet users, the margin of error is ±3%. For results based on teen internet users (ages 12-17), conducted in October-November, 2004, and October-November, 2006, the margin of error is ±4%. For results based on teen internet users, conducted in November 2007-February, 2008, the margin of error is ±3%. The margin of error for each generational subgroup shown in the table on page five and discussed throughout the report, however, can be considerably higher than that for the sample of all internet users.
RIT has created a public service announcement for parents that includes critical safety information about their online teens. To view this PSA, click on the video below.
On April 14, 2009, at 2 p.m. E.T., the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Maternal and Child Health Bureau will host a Webcast on Preventing Exploitation of Children and Adolescents on the Internet.
The 1½ hour session will be moderated by Johannie Escarne, a public health analyst. The speakers will be Chris Holloway, a Program Manager with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Michael Sullivan, an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commander with the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
To obtain further information and register for this Webcast, visit http://www.mchcom.com/liveWebcastDetail.asp?leid=390.
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