Friday, February 18, 2005

Income explanation

In his explanation about income, Mr. Irving (p.5) posits that the lower penetration rate in the under $5,000 income bracket is due to students.

I am assuming that this is referring to college students. This explanation seems to contradict the reports from last week that showed students as having more access to computers and the Internet. Further, as I look around campus and think about 'college life' it seems that students probably have the greatest access to computers and Internet. Even if he was referring to high school students (with parttime jobs?), it would seem that they too would have access through the schools.

What do you think about with Mr. Irving's explanation? Are my assumptions about students incorrect?

1 comment:

  1. I believe you are correct about students having more access to the internet...the article actually agreed with what you are saying. It was written (spoken, I suppose) in a slightly confusing way but the speaker meant that families with incomes under $5000 have a HIGHER penetration rate than $5000-$10,000. The sentence says "that families at 5,000-10,000 have a LOWER penetration rate THAN households under 5,000.". The speaker was noting the anomoly. So, yes, I think you are correct about students.