A Window on Ourselves -- Our 2003 Selves, Anyway
Nothing says "can't-put-it-down reading!" like census data.
But the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau give us the best regular updates on who we are and what we do.
The most recent round of data spewed forth by the green eyeshades over at Census tells us how we use our computers and the Internet.
In 1984, only 8.2 percent of U.S. households had computers, and they were diesel-powered. By 2003, that number was up to 61.8 percent, which still seems amazingly low.
Computers are no longer a boys' club, says the census. In 1984, 63.1 percent of men who had a home computer used it; only 42.8 percent of women did. In 2003, more women (83.5 percent) than men (81.5 percent) used their home computers.