Computer and Internet Use Sample Notes

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The Computer and Internet Use supplement is sponsored by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Questions regarding Computer and Internet Use have been sporadically included in Current Population Survey supplements since 1984. The questions have primarily appeared as a portion of the October Education supplement, but were also included as a separate supplement in the December 1998, August 2000, and September 2001 samples. In early years questions primarily address computer uses and locations. Questions regarding internet use were introduced in 1998 and a greater focus was placed on access. Starting in 2007 the supplement title was changed to "Internet Use" and included minimal questions regarding computer use.

It is also important to note that in 2010 and 2012 Computer and Internet Use questions were only asked at the household level, therefore all person records within a household are identical in regards to Computer and Internet Use variables. In 2013, only respondents in MISH 2-4 and 6-8 were asked Computer and Internet Use supplement questions.

Users should use CISUPPWT to tally this supplement. Sample weights for the Computer and Internet Use supplements are identical to the basic survey sample weights from 1997 to 2007. A separate supplement weight is available before 1997 and became available again beginning in 2007. In 1984, 1989, and 1993, children were not included in the supplement weight. This means persons under 14 years of age in 1984, and under 16 years of age in 1989 and 1993. Codebooks instruct users to use the basic monthly weight for children. CISUPPWT as provided by IPUMS includes the basic monthly weight values for children in these three samples so that all persons are included in CISUPPWT. CIPWT is also available for 2001 on and is appropriate for specific supplement variables where a random respondent was selected to answer questions about types of internet use. See CIPWT description for details.

Computer and Internet Use Supplement Codebooks

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