Computer Use Computer use in the United States is so widespread that a kind of threshold has been crossed. Computers are becoming part of everyday life for the vast majority of Americans. Virtually every American under the age of 60 has used a computer -- and about half now have an Internet connection at home. Four years ago, only 21% had EVER used the Internet. Reporting on a new poll by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, NPR's Pam Fessler offers an overview of the results. She says people do see some problems with the Internet -- from privacy to pornography -- but the problems are overshadowed by people's enthusiasm for the new technology.