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Phone: Internet

UINET Internet Module

OVERVIEW 
               
The Internet module of the telephone interview includes items regarding the use
of personal computers and the Internet by the respondent and members of the
respondent's household.  Information about current or past household computer
ownership and current or past household Internet access is included in this
module.  Main topics of interest for respondents who have access to the
Internet from home include how long ago his or her household first got Internet
access, how much time he or she spends using the Internet from home, and
whether or not the respondent's spouse connects to the Internet from home.  To
gain a better understanding of why some respondents do not have a personal
computer or access to the Internet from home, some items within the module ask
the main reason why the respondent's household does not have these things.

Previous waves of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study did not include an Internet
module.  Although computer networks similar to the Internet existed much
earlier, the public version of the Internet became available in the 1990's.  At
the time of the 1992 WLS study, very few households had Internet access, and an
Internet module would have been impractical at that time.  As the Internet
continues to become a more popular tool for communication, entertainment,
financial management, and learning, understanding our respondents' computer and
Internet use trends can provide important insights about computer and Internet
use among the aging population.

In addition to obtaining information about computer and Internet use, the
Internet module will also be used as an experiment to test different wordings
of the same questions.  Five questions in this module have alternate wordings
and response choice orders.


NOTE: Since the graduate spouse internet instrument is identical to the sibling
spouse's please see cor902 in Appendix V for variable creation details.


BRIEF VARIABLE DESCRIPTIONS

    BM001HE:		Is there currently a computer in the respondent's
   			household?

    BM002HE:		Was there a computer in the respondent's household in
    			the past five years?

    BM003HE-BM004HE:	Main reason that the respondent's household does not
    			have a computer.

    BM005HE:		Did anyone in the respondent's household use the
    			computer to connect to the Internet?

    BM006RE:		Did the respondent use the computer to connect to the
	    		Internet?

    BM007RE:		Did the respondent use the computer to do anything
	    		besides use the Internet?

    BM008HE-BM009HE:	Main reason that the respondent's household no longer
    			has a computer.

    BM010HE:		Does anyone in the respondent's household use the
    			Internet from home?

    BM011HE:		Does the respondent use the computer for anything
    			besides the Internet?

    BM012HE:		Did the respondent's household ever have access to the
    			Internet from home?

    BM013HE-BM014HE:	Main reason that the respondent's household does not
    			have Internet access.

    BM015HE-BM016HE:	Main reason that the respondent's household no longer
    			has Internet access.

    BM017HE:		Century month when respondent's household first obtained
    			Internet access.

    BM020RE:		Does the respondent ever use the Internet from home?

    BM021RE:		Does the respondent ever use the computer from home?

    BM022RE:		Estimated time per week that the respondent spends
    			connected to the Internet.

    BM023SP:		Does the respondent's spouse use the Internet from home?

    BM024SP:		Does the respondent's spouse ever use the computer from
    			home?

SUMMARY VARIABLES

    BMS01RE:		Fluflag - sampled at 50%.

    BMS02RE:		Dichotomous variable - the respondent has ever had a
    			computer.

    BMS04HE:		Dichotomous variable - the respondent has ever had
    			access to the Internet.

    BMS06HE:		Dichotomous variable - Form of the question.

    BMS07HE:		Dichotomous variable - Form of responses.

bm001he: SSR-Is there a computer, desktop or laptop, in the your household that someone uses?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z100

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-3 REFUSED 0 1 1
1 YES 769 1002 1771
2 NO 162 166 328

bm002he: If you do not currently have a computer or laptop, has there been a computer in the your household in the last five years that someone used?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z110

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 850 1089 1939
1 YES 12 17 29
2 NO 69 63 132

bm003he: What is the main reason your household does not have a computer?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z130, h_z140

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-3 REFUSED 0 1 1
-2 862 1106 1968
1 YOU DON'T THINK YOU WOULD FIND IT USEFUL 23 18 41
2 YOU THINK THAT IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE 9 6 15
3 DON'T THINK YOU WOULD KNOW HOW TO USE IT 21 19 40
4 YOU CAN USE IT SOMEWHERE ELSE 5 11 16
5 OTHER (SPECIFY, SEE ALSO BM004HE) 11 8 19
Note: This variable combines responses from both h_z130 and h_z140. Respondents were randomly assigned to one of the two wordings and order responses of the questions. See also am004he.

bm004he: Other specified reason why Sibling Spouse Respondent's household does not have a computer.

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: c_h_z130, c_h_z140
*NOT AVAILABLE ON PUBLIC RELEASE*

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-4 NOT ASCERTAINED 0 1 1
-2 920 1161 2081
1 PLAN TO GET ONE/HAVE NOT YET 1 0 1
2 NO INTEREST/DON'T WANT 3 3 6
4 TIME CONSTRAINTS 2 1 3
5 SECURITY RISK 1 0 1
6 SOME OTHER REASON 3 3 6
16 DISSATISFACTION WITH COMPUTER/INTERNET WHEN PREVIOUSLY HAD IT 1 0 1

bm005he: Did anyone in the household use the computer to connect to the Internet from home?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z150

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 919 1152 2071
-1 DON'T KNOW 1 1 2
1 YES 8 10 18
2 NO 3 6 9

bm006re: Did you use this computer to connect to the Internet from home?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z160

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 919 1152 2071
1 YES 5 10 15
2 NO 7 7 14

bm007re: If you did not use the computer at home to connect to the Internet, did you use the computer to do anything else?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z170

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 924 1162 2086
1 YES 1 4 5
2 NO 6 3 9

bm008he: What is the main reason your household does not have a computer anymore?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z190, h_z200
*NOT AVAILABLE ON PUBLIC RELEASE*

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-3 REFUSED 1 0 1
-2 919 1152 2071
1 YOU DON'T THINK YOU WOULD FIND IT USEFUL 3 4 7
2 YOU THINK THAT IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE 1 1 2
3 DON'T THINK YOU WOULD KNOW HOW TO USE IT 2 4 6
4 YOU CAN USE IT SOMEWHERE ELSE 1 5 6
5 OTHER (SPECIFY, SEE ALSO BM009HE) 4 3 7
Note: This variable combines responses from both h_z190 and h_z200. Respondents were randomly assigned to one of the two wordings and order responses of the questions. See also am009he,

bm009he: Other specified reason why sibling spouse's household does not have a computer anymore.

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: c_h_z190, c_h_z200
*NOT AVAILABLE ON PUBLIC RELEASE*

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 927 1166 2093
1 PLAN TO GET ONE/HAVE NOT YET 0 1 1
4 TIME CONSTRAINTS 1 0 1
6 SOME OTHER REASON 2 1 3
14 TEMPORARILY DISCONNECTED 1 1 2

bm010he: Do you or anyone else in the household connect to the Internet from home?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z210

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 162 167 329
-1 DON'T KNOW 0 1 1
1 YES 725 950 1675
2 NO 44 51 95

bm011re: If no one uses the computer in your home to connect to the Internet, do you ever use the computer for anything else?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z220

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 887 1117 2004
-1 DON'T KNOW 0 1 1
1 YES 16 32 48
2 NO 28 19 47

bm012he: If no one uses the computer in your home to connect to the Internet, has your household ever had access to the Internet from home?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z230

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 909 1139 2048
-1 DON'T KNOW 0 1 1
1 YES 7 9 16
2 NO 15 20 35

bm013he: What is the main reason your household does not have access to the Internet?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z250, h_z260

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 916 1148 2064
-1 DON'T KNOW 0 2 2
1 YOU DON'T THINK YOU WOULD FIND IT USEFUL 4 1 5
2 YOU THINK THAT IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE 4 2 6
3 DON'T THINK YOU WOULD KNOW HOW TO USE IT 4 0 4
4 YOU CAN USE IT SOMEWHERE ELSE 0 9 9
5 OTHER (SPECIFY, SEE ALSO BM013HE) 3 7 10
Note: This variable combines responses from both h_z250 and h_z260. Respondents were randomly assigned to one of the two wordings and order responses of the questions. See also am014he.

bm014he: Other specified reason why sibling spouse's household does not have access to the Internet.

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: c_h_z250, c_h_z260
*NOT AVAILABLE ON PUBLIC RELEASE*

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 928 1162 2090
2 NO INTEREST/DON'T WANT 1 2 3
5 SECURITY RISK 1 2 3
6 SOME OTHER REASON 0 1 1
13 INTERNET - DON'T THINK THAT THE COMPUTER/EQUIPMENT WOULD SUPPORT IT 0 1 1
15 SPOUSE OR OTHER HH MEMBER CITED AS REASON 1 1 2

bm015he: What is the main reason your household does not have access to the Internet anymore?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z280, h_z290
*NOT AVAILABLE ON PUBLIC RELEASE*

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 924 1160 2084
1 YOU DON'T THINK YOU WOULD FIND IT USEFUL 3 0 3
2 YOU THINK THAT IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE 1 4 5
3 DON'T THINK YOU WOULD KNOW HOW TO USE IT 0 1 1
4 YOU CAN USE IT SOMEWHERE ELSE 0 2 2
5 OTHER (SPECIFY, SEE ALSO BM016HE) 3 2 5
Note: This variable combines responses from both h_z280 and h_z290. Respondents were randomly assigned to one of the two wordings and order responses of the questions. See also am016he.

bm016he: Other specified reason sibling spouse's household does not have access to the Internet anymore.

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: c_h_z280, c_h_z290

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-4 NOT ASCERTAINED 1 0 1
-2 928 1167 2095
4 TIME CONSTRAINTS 1 0 1
13 INTERNET - DON'T THINK THAT THE COMPUTER/EQUIPMENT WOULD SUPPORT IT 0 1 1
14 TEMPORARILY DISCONNECTED 1 0 1
16 DISSATISFACTION WITH COMPUTER/INTERNET WHEN PREVIOUSLY HAD IT 0 1 1

bm017he: Century month sibling spouse's household first got Internet access.

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z310_a, h_z320_a, h_z310_b, h_z320_b, h_z330_a, h_z340_a, h_z330_b, h_z340_b, adate

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-4 NOT ASCERTAINED 1 3 4
-2 272 303 575
-1 DON'T KNOW 13 43 56
904 - 1149 143 163 306
1150 - 1175 129 164 293
1176 - 1205 131 165 296
1206 - 1228 136 170 306
1229 - 1284 106 158 264
Note: This variable is reported in century months since January 1, 1900. See Appendix O - COR607 Century Months for more information.

Year on public release.
Note: Top and bottom-coded on public release.

bm020re: Do you, yourself, ever use the Internet from home?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z350

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 206 219 425
-1 DON'T KNOW 1 0 1
1 YES 590 816 1406
2 NO 134 134 268

bm021re: If you do not use the computer at home to connect to the Internet, do you ever use the computer for anything else?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z360

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-4 NOT ASCERTAINED 1 0 1
-2 796 1035 1831
1 YES 26 43 69
2 NO 108 91 199

bm022re: Number of minutes sibling spouse spends per week using the Internet from home, including using e-mail, the web, chat rooms, and any instant messaging.

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z370_a, h_z370_b

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-3 REFUSED 1 0 1
-2 341 353 694
-1 DON'T KNOW 3 8 11
0 - 60 172 241 413
70 - 180 111 198 309
210 - 420 118 195 313
480 - 1200 153 150 303
1260 - 4200 32 24 56
Note: Top and bottom-coded on public release.
Note: All responses that were reported in hours have been recoded to minutes.

bm023sp: Does your spouse ever use the Internet from home?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z390

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-4 NOT ASCERTAINED 0 2 2
-2 576 670 1246
1 YES 317 379 696
2 NO 38 118 156

bm024sp: If your spouse does not use the computer at home to connect to the Internet, does your spouse ever use the computer?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z400

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-5 PARTIAL INTERVIEW 15 10 25
-2 893 1051 1944
1 YES 10 21 31
2 NO 28 97 125

bms01re: Is the sibling spouse in the 50% subsample for computer and Internet usage details?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: fluflag

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
0 FLUFLAG = 0 482 567 1049
1 FLUFLAG = 1 464 612 1076

bms02he: Summary: has the sibling spouse had a computer in his/her household within the past 5 years?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: BM001HE, BM002HE, BMS01RE

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-2 96 97 193
0 R HAS NEVER HAD A COMPUTER 69 63 132
1 R HAS EVER HAD A COMPUTER 781 1019 1800

bms04he: Summary: has the sibling spouse had Internet access in his/her household within the past 5 years?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: BM005HE, BM010HE, BM012HE

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-2 188 184 372
0 R NEVER HAD ACCESS TO THE INTERNET 18 26 44
1 R HAS EVER HAD ACCESS TO THE INTERNET 740 969 1709

bms06he: Did the sibling spouse answer a question about computer or Internet use stoppage that contained the word 'would'?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z130 if h_z140 h_z190 h_z200 h_z250 h_z260 h_z280 h_z290 h_z310_a h_z330_a

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-2 112 116 228
0 WOULD DOES NOT APPEAR IN THE QUESTION 383 514 897
1 WOULD DOES APPEAR IN THE QUESTION 451 549 1000
Note: This variable summarizes an experimental condition that was tested on five questions administered in the survey. Two different wordings of the same question were tested, one containing the word "would", and the other not containing "would".

For example h_z130: What would you say is the main reason that your household does not have a computer?; h_z140: What is the main reason that your household does not have a computer?

bms07he: Which order of responses did sibling spouse receive in his or her questions?

Data source: Sibling Spouse Respondent      Collected in: 2005      Mode: phone
Source variables: h_z130 h_z140 h_z190 h_z200 h_z250 h_z260 h_z280 h_z290

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-2 837 1066 1903
0 NOT THE ORIGINAL ORDER OF RESPONSES 48 47 95
1 THE ORIGINAL ORDER OF RESPONSES 61 66 127
Note: This variable summarizes an experimental condition that was tested on four questions administered in the survey. Two different orders of the same responses were tested

For ams07he=0 the response order is: you don't think you would find it useful, you think that it's too expensive, you don't think you would know how to use it, you can use it somewhere else, other

For ams07he=1 the response order is: you don't think you would know how to use it, you can use it somewhere else, you don't think you would find it useful, you think that it's too expensive, othe

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