73 Percent Of Americans Go Online

Contact: Lee Rainie, 202.419.4500


Washington, D.C. - 04/03/2006 - A new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that 73 percent of American adults (age 18+) go online to use the Internet or email. Other highlights of the research:

  • Three-quarters of white adults (74 percent) go online, compared to 61 percent of African American adults. 
  • Fully 80 percent of English-speaking Hispanics go online. 
  • Age continues to be a strong predictor for internet use: 89 percent of 18-29 year-olds go online, compared to 82 percent of 30-49 year-olds, 71 percent of 50-64 year-olds, and 34 percent of those age 65 and older.
These results are based on a survey of 2,000 adults, fielded by Princeton Survey Research Associates from January 9 through February 6, 2006. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for results based on the full sample.

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