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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 37: Home Computer Use

Figure 37. Percentage of 3- to 24-year-olds who use a home computer, by age group and race/ethnicity: 2003

Percentage of 3- to 24-year-olds who use a home computer, by age group and race/ethnicity: 2003
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2003, unpublished data.

The percentage of White individuals who reported using a computer at home was higher than for both Black and Hispanic individuals across all age groups between 3 and 24. Also, the percentage of Black 20- to 24-year-olds who reported using a computer at home was higher than the percentage of Hispanic 20- to 24-year-olds. Among home computer users, White 15- to 19- and 20- to 24-year-olds had higher percentages of use for word processing, connecting to the Internet, e-mail, and graphics applications compared to Black and Hispanic individuals. Among home computer users, Black 3- to 14-year-olds were more likely to use a computer to complete school assignments than White and Hispanic users; however, a higher percentage of White 15- to 19- year-olds used computers to complete school assignments compared to Black and Hispanic individuals. Although the percentage of males using a computer at home was similar to the percentage of females for all age groups, there were gender differences among the types of applications used. For the three age groups, females were more likely to report using a computer for word processing, e-mail, and school assignments, but males were more likely to report using a computer for games.


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