Consumer Electronics Go Digital for 2002

Rainie also says more women than men pointed, clicked, and shopped until they dropped this holiday season.

"In the earliest days of the Internet, when the population was so much oriented toward young white men, they were doing most of the shopping," he says. "But now that so many women have gone online in the last couple years, they have gone online as shoppers and overtaken them."

And using the Internet to socialize is still a big draw for many. "People [are] using e-mail to make holiday plans, using the Web to get recipe ideas, craft ideas, to get spiritual information, things like that."

Rainie says the events of Sept. 11 didn't prompt more of us to use e-mail for holiday greetings, in place of cards, though.

— Daria Albinger, ABCNEWS

Cybershake is produced for ABCNEWS Radio by Andrea J. Smith.

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