Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pew Research Center Report: The Web at 25 in the U.S.

From the summary of findings:
  • Adoption.  87% of Americans use the Internet.
  • Impact
    • 90% of users say it's been a good thing for them personally
    • 76% of users say it's been a good thing for society
  • Most difficult of technologies to give up (compared with cell phones, television, email, landline telephone, social media)
  • 76% describe the Internet as a "mostly kind" environment.

Note:  After 1999, the annual report didn't include a yes-or-no question regarding Internet access.  There was a statistical shift to the number of computer terminals/workstations.

Safe to say, though, that public library Internet access in Wisconsin was quickly closing in on ubiquitous.

U.S. Census Bureau: Computer and Internet Use in the United States (Population Characteristics).  (7/25/2013)
Pew Internet and American Life Project;  Internet use at libraries.  (12/28/2012)

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