Poll suggests more seniors online

More senior citizens and those approaching retirement may be using the internet than ever before.

A new Harris poll has found that the percentage of online seniors is close to their standing in the general population.

The Baby Boomer generation, people between the ages of 50 and 64, make up 24 percent of the general population, Seniorjournal.com reports. That group makes up 23 percent of the online population, according to the poll.

With people 65 years and older, the numbers are a bit further apart.

Poll suggests more seniors online This group, known as seniors, makes up 16 percent of the general population according to the website. Online, they are 11 percent of the user population.

And next year, those numbers may be poised to jump even higher.

In accordance with the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, every television set in the country will go digital by February 17th, 2009.

Digital television will also offer internet access to more people, including those who don't currently have access to a computer.

The U.S. government is in the process of assisting seniors with the upcoming transition through a convertor box coupon program, which are only for older, "rabbit-ear" televisions.

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