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About Computer and Internet Use

In recent decades, computer usage and Internet access has become increasingly important for gathering information, looking for jobs, and participation in a changing world economy. For those who have both the means and the desire to be connected to the World Wide Web, having computers, laptops, smart mobile phones, or other devices to access the Internet are a necessity. Many people, however, whether by choice or by lack of means, do not have a computer or use the Internet.

The U.S. Census Bureau has been collecting data on computers and Internet use sporadically since 1984 in the Current Population Survey (CPS). In 1984, 1989, and 1993, only questions about computers were asked. In 1997, the CPS asked questions about Internet access for the first time. In 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2010, questions were asked about both computers and Internet use. In 2007 and 2009, the CPS asked only about Internet use and broadband connectedness.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Computer and Internet Use |  Last Revised: 2012-05-22T13:29:01.675-04:00