In a national survey between November 30 and December 27, 2009, Pew Internet & American Life finds:
- 74% of American adults (ages 18 and older) use the internet — a slight drop from the Pew survey in April 2009, which did not include Spanish interviews. At that time Pew found that 79% of English-speaking adults use the internet.
- 60% of American adults use broadband connections at home – a drop that is within the margin of error from 63% in April 2009.
- 55% of American adults connect to the internet wirelessly, either through a WiFi or WiMax connection via their laptops or through their handheld device like a smart phone. This figure did not change in a statistically significant way during 2009.
See the full report at http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Internet-broadband-and-cell-phone-statistics.aspx?r=1
According to Media Research & Intelligence’s just released Fall 2008 Survey of the American Consumer, the Internet activities engaged in by the greatest number of adults were:
- Use of e-mail (74.2%)
- Obtaining news (46%)
- Paying bills online (39.6%)
The fall 2008 data include four new Internet activities:
- Sharing photos (done by one in four adults in the last 30 days)
- Sending electronic greeting cards (9% of adults)
- Watching a live TV program online (5.3% of the U.S. adult population)
- Uploading or adding video to a Web site (4.1% of adults)
Gallup has released new data on Internet use.
- Americans’ use of the Internet has almost doubled over the last five years; 48% now report using the Internet more than one hour per day compared to 26% in 2002.
- Post-graduates, those making more than $75,000 per year, and those under age 30 are the most frequent users of the Internet.
- The five groups posting double-digit gains are those making less than $30,000 per year, those who are not working, those who are unmarried, those who are under age 30, and those with post graduate educations.