Trends in Internet Use Among Older Adults in the United States, 2011–2016

Hyunwoo Yoon, Yuri Jang, Seoyoun Kim, Alycia Speasmaker, Ilsung Nam

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The present study examined the trends in internet use among older adults (60+ years) in the United States from 2011 to 2016 by considering not only the entire study sample as a whole but also specific subgroups by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and education. Using data from 107,500 older adults in the California Health Interview Survey between 2011 and 2016, the significance of linear trends was tested by including the survey year as a continuous variable in the logistic regression. Findings confirm the general knowledge that an increased number of the older U.S. population used the internet over the period of 2011–2016. Furthermore, closer inspection indicates that this upward trend does not apply to all, but specifically to those with advanced age, male gender, racial/ethnic minority background, and low educational attainment. Findings provide implications for identifying and prioritizing a target group for internet technology training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-470
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021

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  • digital divide
  • older adults
  • trends in internet use


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