76% Of American Internet Users Think The Internet Has Been Good For Society


The vast majority of Americans now use the Internet (87 percent); nearly half would find it “very hard or impossible” to give it up (46 percent), and an overwhelming percentage think it’s been a good thing for society (76 percent). On the 25th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee‘s historic paper conceptualizing the World Wide Web, Pew released a mega poll of how Americans use and feel about the Internet.

Despite all the worries about privacy, targeted advertising, and shallow connections, Pew finds that, overall, Americans are in an unmitigated love fest with the information superhighway.

We’ve summarized the findings below in graph-tastic form.

Internet use over two decades

Over the past two decades, Internet use has gone from geeky hobby to the norm (14 percent in 1995 vs. 87 percent in 2014).


There is no longer an ethnic or gender divide in Internet use, but there persists a generational and class gap. Only 65 percent of…

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