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Internet users demographics for the US

Internet users demographics for the US

Internet Useage by Adults in the US

The latest survey by Pew Internet & American indicates what americans do online. The table below displays the activities carried out by american internet users.

  % of adult internet users in the U.S. who do this online Service provided by Yirika Survey month/year
Use a search engine to find information 91 tick 2/1/2012
Send or read e-mail 88   12/1/2012
Look for info on a hobby or interest 84 tick 8/1/2011
Search for a map or driving directions 84 tick 8/1/2011
Check the weather 81 tick 5/1/2010
Look for information online about a service or product you are thinking of buying* 78 tick 9/1/2010
Get news 78 tick 8/1/2012
Go online just for fun or to pass the time 74 tick 8/1/2011
Buy a product 71 tick 5/1/2011
Watch a video on a video-sharing site like YouTube or Vimeo 71   5/1/2011
Visit a local, state or federal government website* 67 tick 5/1/2011
Use a social networking site like Facebook, LinkedIn or Google Plus* 67 tick 12/1/2012
Buy or make a reservation for travel 65   5/1/2011
Do any banking online 61   5/1/2011
Look online for news or information about politics* 61 tick 12/1/2012
Look online for info about a job* 56 tick 5/1/2011
Look for “how-to,” “do-it-yourself” or repair information 53 tick 12/1/2012
Look for information on Wikipedia 53 tick 5/1/2010
Use online classified ads or sites like Craigslist 53 tick 5/1/2010
Get news or information about sports* 52 tick 1/1/2010
Take a virtual tour of a location online 52   8/1/2011
Search for info about someone you know or might meet* 51 tick 8/1/2012
Send instant messages 46   12/1/2010
Upload photos to a website so you can share them with others online 46   11/1/2010
Pay to access or download digital content online* 43   8/1/2008
Look for info about a place to live* 39 tick 8/1/2006
Download music files to your computer 37 tick 12/1/2007
Get financial info online, such as stock quotes or mortgage interest rates 37 tick 5/1/2010
Rate a product, service or person using an online rating system 37   5/1/2011
Play online games* 36   9/1/2010
Categorize or tag online content like a photo, news story or blog post 33 tick 12/1/2008
Read someone else’s online journal or blog^* 32 tick 5/1/2010
Look for religious/spiritual info 32 tick 9/1/2010
Post a comment or review online about a product you bought or a service you received 32   9/1/2009
Post comments to an online news group, website, blog or photo site 32 tick 9/1/2010
Share something online that you created yourself 30   9/1/2010
Make a phone call online, using a service such as Skype or Vonage 30 tick 12/1/2012
Research your family’s history or genealogy online* 27   9/1/2009
Participate in an online auction 26   9/1/2010
Make a donation to a charity online 25   5/1/2011
Download a podcast so you can listen to it or view it later* 21 tick 9/1/2010
View live images online of a remote location or person, using a webcam 17   9/1/2009
Use Twitter 16   12/1/2012
Download or share files using peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, such as BitTorrent or LimeWire 15   8/1/2006
Sell something online 15   9/1/2009
Create or work on your own webpage 14   1/1/2010
Create or work on your own online journal or blog* 14   5/1/2011
Buy or sell stocks, bonds, or mutual funds 11   9/1/2009
Use an online dating website* 8   9/1/2009
Visit virtual worlds such as Second Life 4   9/1/2009

Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project Tracking surveys

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