What do new computer owners do?

If you just received your first computer today, what would you do with it? How would it change your life?

PCs for People refurbishes donated computers and gets them into the hands of new users. They also survey computer recipients to learn about how those computers get used. You can check out all of the data in the PowerPoint below – here are some of my favorite facts…

  • More than half of those surveyed use the computer 1-4 hours a day (almost 8 percent use it more than 10 hours a day!)
  • 83 percent have Internet access at home
  • 84 percent of those with Internet access have broadband (numbers get a little skewed because some folks skip the question)
  • Only 15 percent who got Internet access when they first got the computer have cancelled service
  • 27 percent of those who cancelled found they couldn’t afford it
  • Almost 74 percent did not receive training for the computer
  • Top uses of computer
    • Social networking (38.4 percent)
    • Playing games (34.3 percent)
    • Job searching (33.3 percent)
    • Checking email (33.3 percent)
    • Writing papers for school (29.3 percent)
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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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