New Poll Reveals Internet Growth in U.S. is Slowing

Three years ago, bold proclamations were being made that within the decade, everyone on the planet will be accessing the Internet. While that rate of penetration never materialized, Internet usage in the United States does continue to grow, but at a much slower rate, according to a new Harris Poll released today.

The poll reveals that 67 percent of U.S. adults are online from somewhere, up from 63% in 2000. - whether from home (57%), from work (28%) or from some other location like a library or University (18%).

Key statistics revealed in the poll:

  • The average user spends 7 hours a week online.

  • 57% of respondees access the Internet from home.

  • 28% of respondees access the Internet from work

  • 18% of respondees access the Internet from some other location like a library or cyber cafe.

  • 27% of all users now have broadband connection.

  • The latest figures show only a 4 percent rise in internet users compared to 2000.

  • Three years ago, the typical user of the Internet was almost exclusively young, educated and wealthy. Much of the continued growth of the Internet has been with other segments of the population - older and less affluent.

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