Unlike their predecessors, boomers are relatively comfortable with technology and the Internet. They’ve experienced the online revolution at work and, like other working-age groups, they have taken the technology home with them. Today, in the United States, 66% of people between the ages of 50 and 64 are online—that’s 33.2 million people. Boomers online in the U.K., Germany, and Japan are also growing in numbers. These numbers are expected to grow steadily as the younger boomers who are even more plugged in turn 50; by 2008 it is estimated that 40.7 million boomers—73.7%—will be officially wired.
Table A.1. Internet Usage in the U.S., 50–64-Year-Olds