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More and more Americans hop on the web to get a little bit of Internet fix

A new Harris Poll reveals that four out of five American adults are Internet connected

The poll was conducted between July and October of 2007 and surveyed 2,062 adults.  Its findings were that 79 percent of these adults go online making estimates of America's total online body count at around 179 million adult users.  In addition, the poll found that adults spend an average of 11 hours a week on the Internet -- some DailyTech regulars spend particularly more.

Regina Corso, director of the Harris Poll, sees the usage figure as a significant milestone.  "We're up to almost 80 percent of adults who now are online, or are somehow gaining access to the Internet. That's a pretty impressive figure," she said.

Surprisingly, elderly are flocking online in increasing numbers.  People over the age of 65 years old accounted for 9 percent of Internet usage in the poll, while they account for 16 percent of the population at large.  It looks like the elderly use more technology than just Wiis after all.

Some groups stayed level between the percentage of Internet users in the particular group and the total percentage of the population in that particular group.  For example, 13 percent of Internet users are Hispanic, while 13 percent of America's population is Hispanic.

Young adults, between 18 to 29 years old account for 22 percent of the U.S. population and 25 percent of the estimated Internet use.

Harris Poll started collecting information on Internet usage in 1995 – at that time; only 9 percent of adults went online.  Since then usage has grown more than eight fold.

The new poll showed that in 2006 that 72 percent of adults went online at home, 37 percent went online at work and 31 percent went online elsewhere. "They are finding however possible to get online ... A third of the people who are online, that's how they're getting there – some alternate way," Poll director Corso said.

Corso hopes to begin analyzing what devices the population uses to get online and America approaches a fully Internet connected adult population.

Corso feels that we will soon reach nearly 100 percent usage noting the recent gains.  She says, "We're getting closer. Every year it's getting more and more like the general population picture."

While the poll indicates overwhelming usage, it does not investigate what exactly people do online; from browsing news sites like DailyTech to perusing the Internet’s less savory backstreets.

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Isn't That The Truth
By TomZ on 11/6/2007 2:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
some DailyTech regulars spend particularly more

Very true, but you make it sound like it's a bad thing. :o)

RE: Isn't That The Truth
By fk49 on 11/6/2007 2:33:01 PM , Rating: 5
Hey, maybe we just like sitting on the homepage and hitting F5.

My own unofficial survey finds that 100% of Dailytech users go online. =)

RE: Isn't That The Truth
By Hyperlite on 11/6/2007 3:03:21 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Isn't That The Truth
By OblivionMage on 11/6/2007 3:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
No, I hired an agent in China that sends me hand copied versions of the webpage. I then send back with handwritten responses (Like this one). Do not be so ignorent ^^,

RE: Isn't That The Truth
By Jkm3141 on 11/6/2007 6:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
Your agent deserves a raise. 3 hours to make a hand copy of a web page, mail it from china, have you read it and then write a response and mail it back? sounds like good service to me... :)

Hey this old lady is awesome........
By crystal clear on 11/7/2007 2:37:28 AM , Rating: 2
Surprisingly, elderly are flocking online in increasing numbers. People over the age of 65 years old accounted for 9 percent of Internet usage in the poll, while they account for 16 percent of the population at large.

Then this should be interesting to read-

Blogging granny a hit with surfers

SANXENXO, Pontevedra (Reuters) - "Today it's my birthday and my grandson, who is very stingy, gave me a blog."

So reads the first entry by one of the world's oldest Webloggers, Maria Amelia Lopez, who, at the age of 95, has surprised herself by a sudden conversion from Web-illiterate to cybercelebrity.

"At first I thought a blog was just a type of paper notebook," said Lopez, a great grandmother.

"When I saw my grandson using the Internet, it caught my attention. I said to myself 'What's this? You can find out about anything. I want an Internet!'"

With 60,000 regular readers so far , Lopez's homely mix of memory and chat, available at, attracts regular readers from around the world and has put her back in touch with the younger generation in a way she had never imagined.

"No one pays any attention to old women any more. Not many people love us. But I was surprised by the Internet, because young people who were 18 years of age, or 14 or 15, tell me about their lives and what they think and ask my advice," said Lopez.

I doubt any of those commenting on Daily Tech have With 60,000 regular readers so far on their personal blogs !!!

Hey that old lady knocks down all you guys flat on the floor including ME.

RE: Hey this old lady is awesome........
By Rotkiv on 11/7/2007 5:41:02 AM , Rating: 2

Is her son going to get her a new blog next year at ?

RE: Hey this old lady is awesome........
By crystal clear on 11/7/2007 6:15:25 AM , Rating: 2
Its here-

I hope you good at spanish.

By crystal clear on 11/7/2007 6:25:00 AM , Rating: 2
Should read-I hope you are .....

By crystal clear on 11/7/2007 6:35:50 AM , Rating: 1
I am currently logged on to this site-I notice its free of all advertisements or Google ads.

By crystal clear on 11/7/2007 6:55:12 AM , Rating: 2
Something not ok with the link provided by Rueters,so I gave it again.

By v1001 on 11/6/2007 1:40:30 PM , Rating: 4
"Surprisingly, elderly are flocking online in increasing numbers."

"....Internet’s less savory backstreets."


It's amazing how elderly can overcome there apparent dislike or distrust for technology when they have a new found motivation. Suddenly grandpa is a wiz. Makes you wonder if they were only pretending to not know what button turned it on before :D

RE: Grandpa
By James Holden on 11/6/2007 1:42:53 PM , Rating: 2
I immediately clicked on the "less savory backstreets" link and ended up at a Facebook article. Nice won :)

By crystal clear on 11/7/2007 2:23:20 AM , Rating: 2
D.T. site was down on saturday morning(Israel time).....
was it because of this-

November 06, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Approximately 165,000 Web sites have been offline since Saturday, thanks to a failed data center migration involving Andover, Mass.-based Web hosting company NaviSite Inc.

The problems started Saturday when NaviSite attempted to migrate and replace hundreds of servers operated by Baltimore-based Alabanza Corp., a Web hosting company acquired by NaviSite in August.

According to NaviSite spokesman Rathin Sinha, NaviSite decided to physically move 200 of the 850 servers operated by Alabanza to NaviSite's data center in Andover and then virtually migrate the data from the rest of the older servers to new boxes, also in Andover.

NaviSite let its customers know that their sites would be down for a while on Saturday, with the migration expected to be finished that day, Sinha said. But when NaviSite attempted to transfer the data from the 650 servers still in Baltimore it ran into a number of synchronization failures that kept multiplying.

As Saturday progressed, NaviSite realized it would probably miss its completion deadline; as a result, company officials decided to physically transfer another 200 servers from Baltimore to Andover to help reduce the scope of the virtual migration and speed up the data transfer.

But then NaviSite ran into more problems. As the hosts came up, their URLs did not, so although customers could access their Web sites from their IP address, they could not do so using their URLs, Sinha said.

"That was unanticipated," he said.

As NaviSite tried to solve that problem, the network became overloaded because of all the customers trying to get online, Sinha said. "What happened was first the URL could not match with the IP address and then IP did not match with the machine, so it took some time, and all this time we have a highly trafficked overloaded network," he said. "If there is one little problem, they multiply because there is a lot of dependencies."

Although Sinha said a "big chunk" of sites are back online, he could not say when everything might be back to normal. He also couldn't say how much this failed migration would cost -- NaviSite is a publicly-traded company.

RE: Is Daily Tech part of the 165000 websites below
By TomZ on 11/7/2007 6:57:14 AM , Rating: 2
I would guess probably not, since DT was offline Friday afternoon/evening, and it sounds like this botched migration didn't start until Saturday.

By crystal clear on 11/7/2007 7:04:45 AM , Rating: 1
Thanks have a nice day.
(its 2 noon here-Good morning to you.)

but slowly
By Oregonian2 on 11/6/2007 8:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
Although online, not that many are doing it over broadband. A list just came out recently and Americans are far down the list for broadband (I forget the ranking, something a lot lower than tenth) with a fraction under 20%. Surprisingly Japan and France were down right next to us with just a fraction over 20%. Top country was around 34% that I recall.

RE: but slowly
By boredg on 11/6/2007 10:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
i definately agree at how slow the north american market is internet-wise. simply try downloading something like a linux build from a north american server... even though i live in north america, it took me 1/8th of the time to download the file than it wouldve via the north american server...

By ryedizzel on 11/6/2007 8:21:31 PM , Rating: 2
I am an adult male that is online so I concur with this scientific report. Now it's time to move on to more important surveys, such the percentage of adult males that put on their right sock before their left sock.

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