STATES CHRONICLE – We are, without a doubt, living in the age of consumerism. And I’m not talking just about buying stuff. More content is created online every day than you can possibly experience in a year. And since most of us basically live on the internet anyway, it might come as no wonder that 21% of Americans are always online, 13% of adults never.
According to a recent study performed by Pew Research, we Americans really love the Internet. Almost three quarters, 73% to be more exact, of all United States citizens use the internet at least once a day, while 42% use it multiple times a day.
The real shocker is the number of US citizens that, as Pew Research put it, are “almost constantly” online. These people constitute a staggering 21% of the US population.
Of course, demographics are a huge part of the study, so the frequency of Internet use varies depending on financial status, zone of residence, and even level of education. Oh, and age; we mustn’t forget about age.
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that younger Americans, aged 18 to 29 are a lot more likely to be “almost constantly” online, coming in at 36%, but what might be surprising is the impressive number of citizens over 65 with the same online habits, which manage come in with 6%.
Regarding the level of education, the study shows 89%of adults with at least a college education to use the internet daily, while 29% use it almost constantly. As a frame of reference, out of the adult citizens with a high school education or less, only 14% report an almost constant use of the World Wide Web.
Moving into financial territory, the study revealed 28% of citizens with an income of $75,000 or more to almost never leave the Internet, as opposed to the 16% who spend all their time online and only make around $30,000.
One of the most surprising statistics gathered by the study revolves around the number of adults that report to never use the Internet. They come in with an impressive 13%.
That’s right, 13% of the American adult population reports that it never uses the Internet. We know the reason for at least one person not to use it, as George Lucas reported that he stopped going online following the release of The Phantom Menace, as he got bombarded with negative e-mails.
However, the rest of the 13% most likely didn’t release the abomination that is Jar Jar Binks on the unsuspecting populous, so the reason for their lack of faith in the Internet is… to be determined.
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