A statistical look at ourselves
Ryan Summerlin July 11, 2006
Pew/Internet (http://www.pewinternet.com) is a terrific resource where one can keep track of technology and internet use. Let’s take a look at some of the recent statistics offered there for 2006: 54 percent of American adults state that the internet played a major role as they helped another person cope with a major illness. 44 percent of cell phone owners say they fill in free time when traveling or waiting for someone by making phone calls. 43 percent of U.S. internet users (63 million people) are banking online 42 percent of internet users now have broadband connections in their homes (compared with just 29 percent in January 2005). 27 percent of Americans (about 36 million people) say they download either music or video files from the internet.
23 percent of American adults state that the internet played a major role when they bought a car. 14 percent of American adults state that the internet played a major role as they switched jobs. 9 percent of online Americans made donations on the internet to Katrina relief efforts.On a typical day, roughly 40 million Americans browse the web for fun or to pass time.Website of the Week: Network for GoodI love the Network for Good website. In a nutshell, it allows you to browse about and donate to thousands of charities, quickly and easily. You can search for specific types of charities (for example: cancer-related), search for charities by name, or look for charities in specific states.
Donating through the Network for Good website is quicker and easier than writing checks, and as an added bonus your records are automatically stored for tax time. For those who may have more time than money to give, the Network for Good website also allows you to search for volunteer opportunities.To learn more, visit http://www.networkforgood.com.Program tip of the week: Hiding in ExcelIf you’re an Excel user, chances are you’ve encountered times when you’ve thought something along the lines of “Geez, I wish I could just hide some of these rows that I don’t need to see very often!” And I’m here to tell you that, of course, you can do this!Here are the three simple steps you need to take to hide rows in Excel:
• Select the row header right below where you want to start hiding your rows.• Drag your mouse down until you’ve come to the last item you’d like to hide.• Click on the Format menu at the top of your screen, choose Row, then Hide.These same steps can be used to hide columns as well; you’ll just need to replace the word “row” with the word “column” in the 3-step instructions above.See you next Friday!Based in Frisco, eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com). She can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.