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Inside Iowa State
April 4, 1997

Computer numbers up in frosh class

by Linda Charles
Computers are becoming a way of life, if last fall's freshman class is any indication. In 1984, only 15 percent of the incoming freshman class owned a computer, while last fall, 35 percent did. That's also up 5 percent from 1994.

Even with the computers, half of the class (44 percent of males and 57 percent of females) reported that they spent no time surfing the Internet. Those who do log on usually spent fewer than 10 hours a week, with 30 percent of the males and 29 percent of the females spending one to two hours and 19 percent of the males and 11 percent of the females spending three to 10 hours.

The annual survey of freshmen is conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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