To mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Pew Research Center put together a report that looks back at the rapid change in internet penetration over the last quarter century, and covers new survey findings about Americans’ generally positive evaluation of the internet’s impact on their lives and personal relationships.
The survey finds that 87% of American adults now use the internet, with near-saturation usage among those living in households earning $75,000 or more (99%), young adults ages 18-29 (97%), and those with college degrees (97%). Fully 68% of adults connect to the internet with mobile devices like smartphones or tablet computers.
When asked for their overall judgment about the impact of the internet, toting up all the pluses and minuses of connected life, the public’s verdict was overwhelmingly positive:
- 90% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for them personally and only 6% say it has been a bad thing, while 3% volunteer that it has been some of both.
- 76% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for society, while 15% say it has been a bad thing and 8% say it has been equally good and bad.
The report goes on to cover how digital technology is viewed as increasingly essential, most internet users think online communication has strengthened their relationships and that the majority report the online social climate as mostly kind. To see the full report go to http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/27/the-web-at-25-in-the-u-s/.