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(C|Net)   87% of U.S. adults now use the Internet. Apparently the other 13% still subscribe to AOL   (news.cnet.com) divider line 16
    More: Interesting, internet, American adults, Americans, U.S., Pew Research, AOL, Tim Berners-Lee  
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2014-03-01 11:43:22 AM
That explains why a lot of porn sites are so slow.
 
2014-03-01 11:43:42 AM
Or they could be like my 89 year old step-grandfather who's never used a computer in his life and probably doesn't even understand what the internet even is.
 
2014-03-01 11:46:24 AM
Stupid Story Bro: Waaay back in 1994 or 1995, I used to amaze my friends by connecting to AOL then minimizing the proprietary AOL program and firing up Netscape to surf.

They thought I was a wizard.
 
2014-03-01 11:53:52 AM
I'm always amazed when I start to think about this. Decades ago, The Department of Defense tasked the Advanced Research Projects Agency to come up with a way to maintain US military command and control across the nation in the event of nuclear attack, and now we have this. Just makes me boggle sometimes.
 
2014-03-01 12:11:25 PM
fark AOL
 
2014-03-01 12:32:36 PM

jake3988: Or they could be like my 89 year old step-grandfather who's never used a computer in his life and probably doesn't even understand what the internet even is.


Yeah, that was my first thought on reading it, also.  I think my father would have understood what it was but teaching him to use it would have been impossible.  (It was basically impossible for him to learn new stuff in his last decade or so.  I never even managed to teach him to handle a word processor, he persisted in trying to use it as a typewriter--among other things he would treat backspace as left arrow and the spacebar as right arrow.  I finally gave up and if he needed to write something I told him to make no corrections whatsoever, I would make the needed changes.)
 
2014-03-01 02:34:05 PM
I once did tech support for someone who used cable internet... and subscribed to AOL on top of that. Never have I looked down on someone's pseudo-luddite nature like on that day.
 
2014-03-01 02:41:14 PM
And internet communities continue to suffer...
 
2014-03-01 03:00:27 PM

jake3988: Or they could be like my 89 year old step-grandfather who's never used a computer in his life and probably doesn't even understand what the internet even is.


or my father in law was encouraged to retire when he refused to use  PROFs and has never been closer to a computer since.
 
2014-03-01 03:03:02 PM

buckler: I'm always amazed when I start to think about this. Decades ago, The Department of Defense tasked the Advanced Research Projects Agency to come up with a way to maintain US military command and control and access to porn across the nation in the event of nuclear attack, and now we have this. Just makes me boggle sometimes.


Fixed it.
 
2014-03-01 03:14:14 PM
my 80 year old mother was stabbed in the back with 1000 internet knives. she got a computer about 15 years ago and her sisters and our relatives were always on babies and grandmothers sites. well, yours truly and my sister have said our entire lives we will never have children. mom would drop constant f-bombs. "all my sisters do is talk about the f-king grand kids"..
 
2014-03-01 03:54:29 PM

Muta: or my father in law was encouraged to retire when he refused to use  PROFs and has never been closer to a computer since.


How can someone not learn how to use PROFS?

/Lotus Notes I can understand
 
2014-03-01 09:02:17 PM
My dad just set up an email account last month so I'm really getting a kick...

Seriously.  On of my cousins gave him a smartphone, he bumped his service up to the $45 level with data service, then started biatching about the crappy speeds just like I do when I'm at his house.  "Shiat, now I know what you're talking about."  No cable, no DSL, no WiFi, no nothin' available out there but 1 shaky bar of 3G.
 
2014-03-01 11:20:28 PM
Compuserve, biatches!
 
2014-03-02 04:00:10 AM

drumhellar: Compuserve, biatches!


Fidonet.

/It delivered the mail.
//Good doggy.
 
2014-03-02 07:32:44 PM
That number is even higher for certain groups. Internet use was claimed by 99 percent of people in households that earn $75,000 or more, 97 percent of adults ages 18-29, and 97 percent of those with college degrees.

Who is earning a college degree without using the internet?  I can't think of a single major that doesn't benefit from the internet.
 
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