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Yahoo, It's Good to Be on the Web!

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It's official: Americans who are logging onto the Web are hipper, younger, more educated and have more money than people for whom the Net might still mean a prop for a fishing exhibition. That's the conclusion reported today in a Web-consumer study jointly produced by Yahoo! Internet Life and Roper Starch Worldwide.

The study also found that people who have used the Internet for at least 30 days tend to be more upbeat, active and in better physical shape than their offline counterparts. I don't know. I'm feeling a little depressed and sluggish as I write this Internet copy.--Sid Ross

Data points:*
Average age of Americans online: 37.8
Average age of Americans offline: 48.7

Online: 38 percent have annual incomes of more than $50,000.
Offline:12 percent have annual incomes of more than $50,000.

Online: 37 percent are college graduates.
Offline: 11 percent are college graduates.

Online: 26 percent hold professional jobs.
Offline: 7 percent hold professional jobs.

Online: 84 percent believe they have a good chance to achieve the "good life."
Offline: 63 percent believe they have a good chance to achieve the "good life."

Online: 77 percent regularly participate in physical activities.
Offline: 60 percent regularly participate in physical activities

Online: 90 percent make frequent trips abroad.
Offline: 69 percent make frequent trips abroad.

Source: Yahoo! Internet Life and Roper Starch Worldwide
*Based on surveys conducted between 1999-2000.