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Pew Research Report Examines Internet Use Trends

Later this month — on March 12 — the World Wide Web will be 25 years old.  To commemorate this event, the Pew Research Center Internet Project has released a report — “The Web at 25 in the US” — that examines the adoption and impact of the web.  The report looks at changes and trends through Pew’s research history on the Internet and presents 2014 data. Key findings include:

  • 87 percent of American adults use the Internet, with 68 percent using the Internet both at home and on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet).
  • 71 percent of Americans report using the Internet on a regular day, with 90 percent of Internet users reporting they access the Internet at home and 44 percent saying they access the Internet at work.
  • 90 percent believe that the Internet has been a good thing for them personally, while 76 percent believe that it hase been good for society.  Six percent say it has been bad for them personally, while 15 percent believe it has been bad for society.
  • 53 percent say that the Internet would be very hard to give up.
  • Two-thirds of Internet users report that online communication has strengthened their relationships with family and friends.

The summary of findings can be found here.  The full report is in two parts: How the Internet has woven itself into American life and Americans’ views about the role of Internet in their lives.

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