The data set that I chose looks at household computer and internet usage in the United States from 1997 to 2011. This information is useful to my research because I am looking at online shopping, specifically Amazon.com. In addition, both data sets come from data in the United States, which helps with my research because I am attempting to compare trends of e-commerce between the United States and in other countries. I would just need to find data to compare the current data sets that I have now to a data set in another country to help fully support my research. The data showed an increase in both computer ownership and internet usage at home as we got closer to present day. For my previous ILA, I chose a data set that looked at the change in Annual sales overtime in terms of e-commerce and total sales. The two data sets correlate with each other because they support the same type of change. E-commerce is transactions and trade through electronics, which is essentially online shopping. In the first ILA chart, it shows that between the years of 2000 and 2014, there has been a noticeable increase in annual sales in terms of e-commerce. The increase could be explained by more people having access to the internet. This idea can be supported by the data set that looks at household computer and internet use. It can essentially be concluded through both data sets that as computer ownership and internet usage increases, there is also an increase in e-commerce and online shopping.
File, Thomas. “Computer and Internet Use in the United States.” U.S. Department of Commerce (1935): n. pag. U.S. Census Bureau. Census.gov, May 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2016.