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

Indicator 37: Home Computer Use

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Table 37. Percentage of persons using home computers and employing specific applications, by sex, race/ethnicity, and age group: 2003
 Sex Race/ethnicity
Application and age groupTotalMaleFemaleWhite, non-HispanicBlack, non-HispanicHispanic
Percent of all persons using computers at home
Age group
 3 to 14 years62.662.163.274.043.141.6
 15 to 19 years72.272.072.581.251.452.4
 20 to 24 years59.659.659.668.044.137.2
Percent of home computer users who employ designated applications1
Word processing
 3 to 14 years37.935.240.838.936.133.4
 15 to 19 years68.965.872.171.061.759.4
 20 to 24 years63.759.867.665.459.954.2
Connect to Internet
 3 to 14 years57.656.858.560.551.448.6
 15 to 19 years86.685.787.490.374.675.4
 20 to 24 years86.486.686.387.980.381.8
Email
 3 to 14 years34.531.138.037.130.524.5
 15 to 19 years77.975.680.482.562.164.6
 20 to 24 years80.679.282.082.971.174.0
Spreadsheets/databases
 3 to 14 years
 15 to 19 years23.222.523.924.018.320.6
 20 to 24 years29.929.430.531.322.826.0
Graphics/design
 3 to 14 years
 15 to 19 years43.844.243.446.937.732.6
 20 to 24 years40.944.137.842.632.732.6
School assignments
 3 to 14 years58.556.660.457.065.960.8
 15 to 19 years83.381.485.384.079.679.8
 20 to 24 years44.141.246.944.041.639.0
Household records/ finance
 3 to 14 years
 15 to 19 years6.25.96.56.35.76.4
 20 to 24 years20.519.321.821.916.715.7
Games
 3 to 14 years86.087.584.387.585.281.4
 15 to 19 years72.477.167.673.873.168.5
 20 to 24 years61.968.455.461.967.955.8
Not available.
1Individuals may be counted in more than one computer activity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2003, unpublished data.

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