Internet Use In The U.S.: The New York Times offers an interesting article today, titled “Most of U.S. Is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In.” The article focuses on how many Americans use the Internet today and why those Americans that don’t use the Internet don’t use it. The article reports that of Americans under the age of 65 two thirds use the Internet. And for those people over the age of 65 half use the Internet.
And as you might imagine, those people who were surveyed that were over the age of 65 and who don’t use the Internet tended to say they didn’t use the Internet because they felt comfortable communicating and receiving media information in the more traditional ways via phone and cable television. And they didn’t feel comfortable using the Internet.
And for those people surveyed who were under the age of 65 the number 1 reason they gave for not having Internet access in their homes is the cost they’d have to pay to have Internet service installed in their homes.
The article also notes something we all know; and that is that people who don’t have access to the Internet at home can access it for free at their local public library!
In relation, the article mentions a lady over the age of 65 who kept having doors shut in her face as she tried to find a job because she didn’t know how to operate a computer – and what the article doesn’t mention; and what I hope all Southeast Steuben County Library patrons know is this – if you don’t know how to use a computer you can learn how to use one for free at the library! You can call the Reference/Tech Desk and make an appointment for a free One-On-One session. You can even come in for a session once a week to help you learn how to use a computer! Did I mention the service is free?
And having digressed a bit let me just finish up by saying that the article is very interesting because it illustrates how Internet access has changed our lives and become a ubiquitous necessity for students and people in the working world.
Here’s a link to the article
Reports Suggest A Gold iPhone Will Be Unveiled At Apple’s September 10 Press Event: A number of tech news sites, including The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D, are reporting that Apple will unveil a gold iPhone the color of champagne at its September 10 press event.
Granted I’m an Apple fan but I think that is cool! I think I’d like a champagne colored iPhone! The tech rumor mill is also a-buzz with unconfirmed rumors that Apple will introduce new iPhones in a variety of other colors on September 10th. Apple, as is usual, is mum on the subject so we’ll have to wait until September 10 to find out if the rumors are true.
Here’s the link to the short All Things D article:
Have a great day!
Paczkowski, John. (2013, August 19). Yes, Apple Will Sell a Gold-Tone iPhone. All Things D. Online. Accessed August 19, 2013. http://allthingsd.com/20130819/yes-apple-will-sell-a-gold-tone-iphone/?mod=atdtweet
Wyatt, Edward. (2013, August 19). Most U.S. Is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In. New York Times. Online. Accessed August 19, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/technology/a-push-to-connect-millions-who-live-offline-to-the-internet.html?ref=technology&_r=0