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Jul 22 2008   5:11PM GMT

When it comes to the Internet, Senator McCain McCain’t

Kristen Caretta Kristen Caretta Profile: Kristen Caretta

CNN’s top technology story Monday highlighted a little-known fact about Senator John McCain — he doesn’t use the Internet (he does have several Facebook pages, though. Funny how that works…) This may or may not come as a surprise to you. Honestly, I never really thought about whether or not McCain was Internet savvy, but maybe that’s the result of my generation being consistently plugged in. A friend once told me, “You aren’t real friends until you’re Facebook friends.” Yes, I immediately Facebooked her from my BlackBerry, but do you have to be online to be on top of things?

According to the article, “Unlike McCain, many seniors surf the Web,” 35% of Americans over the age of 65 are online for things like emailing, driving directions and finding out useful information. Moreover, the project director, Susannah Fox, says “about three-quarters of white, college-educated men age over 65 use the Internet.” McCain falls right into this demographic, so why the lack in tech skills?

I can’t answer that for you. But I can tell you he’s not completely in the dark. At the Personal Democracy Forum in New York back in June, one of Senator McCain’s aides, Mark Soohoo, told the panel that, in fact, “John McCain is aware of the Internet.” Umm … I should hope so, Mark. How many people do you know who aren’t aware of the Internet?

He may not be able to use the Internet, but don’t worry, he’s aware of it existing. Phew. Just in time for the al-Qaida newscasts on the Web.

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