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Overview of Internet Use
There are 2,000,000 new Internet users in the U.S. every month.
- August 2000: 116.5 million (44.5% of the population)
- September 2001: 143 million (53.9 % of the population)
- Lower-income individuals increased by 25%, higher-income individuals by 11%
Young adults (age 18-24) with more education use the Internet more.
- Attending school/college: 85%
- Not in school: 51.5%
Source: A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use of the Internet. Telecommunications and Information Administration. Feb. 2002. http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/dn/index.html. 2 Mar. 2002.
E-mail and web searching are the most common uses of the Internet at home.
Of children using the Internet at home…
- 73% use e-mail
- 68% do research on the Web
Of adults using the Internet at home…
- 88% use e-mail
- 64% do research on the Web
The Internet is a major source of news and other information
- 1 in 5 adults use the Internet at home to check on news, weather, or sports
- 1 in 4 adults use the Internet at home to find information on business, health practices, or government services
Source: U.S. Census Bureau. Home Computers and Internet Use in the United States: August 2000. Washington, DC: U.S. Census Bureau, 2001.
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