How Do We Use the Internet?
How much Internet use is productive and how much is a waste of time?
I ran across some statistics today from Pew Internet & American Life Project, Pew Research Center, 2008. These made me think.
92% of Americans send or read email. When your grandma sends you email, you know everyone is doing it! Send her a response and soon she’ll be asking you about facebook. Email is a great way to stay in touch, but get off lists that you are interested in. It will save you time and in-box space.
89% use a search engine to find information. A great time saver! Find out just about anything in minutes. But watch out, time can fly by. Watch the clock.
83% look for info on a hobby or interest. Doing research is a great use of the Internet.
71% buy products. I am actually surprised that this percentage isn’t higher. There is no limit to available products and services on the Internet.
53% Bank online. Using the Internet to pay bills can save you a lot of time. As long as you stay on current with your bill paying, in my opinion, this is a good use of the Internet.
40% send instant messages. Texting has taken over as the instant response application. If you can’t get a hold of someone instantly doesn’t it drive you crazy!