Computer Access and Internet Use Among Urban Youths



This report presents data on computer access, Internet use, and factors associated with health information seeking on the Internet among a sample of youths aged 15 to 30 years in New York City. Findings from street intercept surveys indicate substantial computer access at home (62%) and frequent (everyday or a few times a week) Internet use (66%). Fifty-five percent of the sample reported seeking health information on the Internet, which was associated with positive beliefs about getting a health checkup and frequent Internet use.


  • Amy Bleakley
  • Cheryl R. Merzel
  • Peter Messeri
  • Nancy L. VanDevanter