56% of elderly Philadelphians say they never use the Internet - Technical.ly Philly


Aug. 24, 2012 9:30 am

56% of elderly Philadelphians say they never use the Internet

Compare that with the 36 percent of those who live in the city's surrounding counties


Older adults in Philadelphia city are less likely to use the Internet than those in the Philly suburbs, according to a study by a local health organization.

Out of the 3,000 Philadelphia-region adults over 60 who were surveyed in 2010 by the Public Health Management Corporation’s Community Health Data Base (CHDB), 56 percent of Philadelphians said they never use the Internet, compared to 36 percent of those who live in the city’s surrounding counties, as highlighted in a recent PHMC press release. Taken with the stat that perhaps as many as 55 percent of Philadelphia households don’t have access to the Internet, the study underlines Philly’s digital divide problem.

Overall, out of 10,000 adults surveyed, CHDB  found that one in five adults in southeastern Pennsylvania say they never use the Internet. This does not mean that these adults have never used the Internet, rather, they say they don’t use it at all.

The study’s findings mirror nationwide trends, says research associate Rose Malinowski Weingartner, though she adds that she was surprised to learn that so few people use the Internet, regardless of age.

CHDB, located in Center City, conducts a survey on health habits in the Philly region every two years. In its most recent study, Weingartner says researchers included a question about online access since the Internet has become an important health resource for adults of all ages. For more on CHDB’s findings about digital access, check out its website here.

Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's editorial product lead after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.


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