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PEW: Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet

Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet

Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet

The internet represents a fundamental shift in how Americans connect with one another, gather information and conduct their day-to-day lives. For more than 15 years, Pew Research Center has documented its growth and distribution in the United States. Explore the patterns of internet and home broadband adoption below.

Internet use over time

When Pew Research Center began systematically tracking Americans’ internet usage in early 2000, about half of all adults were already online. Today, roughly nine-in-ten American adults use the internet.

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% of U.S. adults who use the internet2000200220042006200820102012201420160255075100

Source: Surveys conducted 2000-2016. Data for each year based on a pooled analysis of all surveys conducted during that year.

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Who uses the internet

For some demographic groups – such as young adults, college graduates and those from high-income households – internet usage is near ubiquitous. Even so, adoption gaps remain based on factors such as age, income, education and community type.

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% of U.S. adults who use the internet, by age18-2930-4950-6465+2000200220042006200820102012201420160255075100

Source: Surveys conducted 2000-2016. Data for each year based on a pooled analysis of all surveys conducted during that year.

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Home broadband use over time

The proportion of American adults with high-speed broadband service at home increased rapidly between 2000 and 2010. In recent years, however, broadband adoption growth has been much more sporadic. Today, roughly three-quarters of American adults have broadband internet service at home.

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% of U.S. adults who are home broadband users20022004200620082010201220142016020406080

Source: Surveys conducted 2000-2016.

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Who has home broadband

As is true of internet adoption more broadly, home broadband adoption varies across demographic groups. Racial minorities, older adults, rural residents, and those with lower levels of education and income are less likely to have broadband service at home.

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% of U.S. adults who are home broadband users, by age18-2930-4950-6465+200220042006200820102012201420160255075100

Source: Surveys conducted 2000-2016.

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Smartphone dependency over time

As the adoption of traditional broadband service has slowed in recent years, a growing share of Americans now use smartphones as their primary means of online access at home. Today just over one-in-ten American adults are “smartphone-only” internet users – meaning they own a smartphone, but do not have traditional home broadband service.

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% of U.S. adults who do not use broadband at home but own smartphones201320142015201601020304050

Source: Surveys conducted 2013-2016. Data for each year based on a pooled analysis of all surveys containing broadband and smartphone questions fielded during that year.

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Who is smartphone dependent

Reliance on smartphones for online access is especially common among younger adults, non-whites and lower-income Americans.

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% of U.S. adults who do not use broadband at home but own smartphones, byage18-2930-4950-6465+20132014201520160204060

Source: Surveys conducted 2013-2016. Data for each year based on a pooled analysis of all surveys containing broadband and smartphone questions fielded during that year.

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Find out more

Find more in-depth explorations of home broadband patterns in the U.S. by following the links below.

13% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they? Sept. 7, 2016
Home Broadband 2015: Barriers to broadband adoption Dec. 21, 2015
Social Media Usage: 2005-2015 Oct. 8, 2015

All reports and blog posts related to internet access.”

 

Stephen

Posted on: January 23, 2017, 6:07 am Category: Uncategorized

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