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Average American spends 13 hours online

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Dec 2009 15:25 User comments (7)

Average American spends 13 hours online According to a Harris Interactive survey of U.S. Internet users, it appears the average users spends about 13 hours a week online, however, the range is very large.
Over the past decade, online time has doubled from just under 7 hours in 1999 to the current survey results. At its peak, in October 2008 (during the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the upcoming election of President Obama), online time was over 14 hours.

For age breakdowns, the group spending the most time online was the 30-39 age group, with an average of 18 hours. 25-29 year-olds spent 17 hours on average, as did 40-49 year-olds. In total, there are about 184 million adults online, the same number for the most part as 2008.

“The increase in the number of hours spent online in the last two years compared to all previous years is striking. It probably reflects a growing ability to use the Internet, an increase in sites and applications, increased TV watching online and increased purchasing online,”
said Harris. “Also, hours online may have increased because of the recession. Going online is free; going out usually costs money.”

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7 user comments

124.12.2009 18:36

I too did a study. I found that an average DiGirno pizza spends an average of 12-15 minutes in an oven.

224.12.2009 22:49

Since when is going online free? Obviously not if you include monthly ISP charges.

324.12.2009 23:55

Originally posted by ivymike:
Since when is going online free? Obviously not if you include monthly ISP charges.
Get an old directv dish and build a double biquad...then point it at a starbucks.

425.12.2009 11:05

For me it works with soup can...

528.12.2009 6:12

I am on 3 times longer!!! I have my PC going 48/4.5 !!!111

And just cause I am connected all the time dose not mean I am plunged in all the time....I got a sleep sometime....

628.12.2009 21:57

Yeah, that is one of my days off a week... And I have 2 and a half days off a week...

74.1.2010 13:47

Originally posted by ivymike:
Since when is going online free? Obviously not if you include monthly ISP charges.
Well it's not free, but what they mean is most people already have and are paying for internet service at home. So it doesn't cost extra if they use the internet more than they normally do.

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