Pew Study: 87% of U.S. Adults Use Web

On March 12, the Web -- aka The World Wide Web -- turns 25. On Thursday, a new report from the Pew Research Internet Project gave some sense of how this youngster has impacted the US.

Eighty-seven percent of American adults are on the Net, nearly 70 percent through mobile devices. In households earning at least $75,000, with near-saturation usage among those living in households earning $75,000 or more (99 percent), young adults ages 18-29 (97 percent), and those with college degrees (97 percent).

The measured impact is similarly high. Ninety percent of users told Pew the Net EUhas been a good thing for them personally.EU Only 6 percent said itEUs been a bad thing. On a societal level, 76 percent said it has been positive and 15 percent said negative.

Together or Apart?

More than half of Internet users said it would be EUvery hardEU to give it up, a big jump from the 38 percent who said that in 2006. Nearly half of all cell phone owners said the same thing about their cell phones. By comparison, only 35 percent of all adults would find it hard to give up their TVs.

Only 28 percent of landline phone owners said it would be hard to give up that device, but a look back to 2006 shows how the landline is losing its influence. At that time, nearly half -- 48 percent -- said it would be very hard to part with their wired phones. Only 17 percent of Americans now said it would hard to give up landlines.

Of those who would find it hard to give up the Internet, 61 percent reported it was essential for their jobs or other reasons, with nearly 40 percent of Americans saying it would be difficult to permanently log off the Web.

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