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Q: Internet Statistic ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Internet Statistic
Category: Reference, Education and News > Consumer Information
Asked by: yocherehcaz-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 24 Oct 2006 16:29 PDT
Expires: 23 Nov 2006 15:29 PST
Question ID: 776539

I am trying to find recent statistics on internet usage for ages 13-18
and 18-21.  I need to know how much time is spent online, and what
types of sites are visited.  Any other stats connected to that would
be appreciated.

I would prefer stats from 2004 and up if possible.

Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 24 Oct 2006 18:39 PDT

It's doubtful you'll find such specific statistics outside of a paid
study from a professional research service, but the following links
may help you get started. You also didn't say whether you want to 
find global statistics or stats specific to the US. A company that
does the kind of research you are seeking is Nielsen NetRatings:

Internet World Stats - Global

Internet World Stats - US

US Census Bureau reports on Internet Access and Usage:

European Travel Commission New Media Review - World:

European Travel Commission New Media Review - USA:

US Department of Commerce Press Release:

The Online Pulishers Organization's report on site usage
and time of day:

Infoplease resources:

A 2002 report titled 'Connected to the Future' documenting
a survey of children under 17:

Realistically, however, the Internet Systems Consortium notes:

"How many people use the Internet?

 There is no way to determine how many users are on the net,
 besides making guesses and estimates. Our list of related
 documents at other sites includes pointers to other companies
 that do surveys to estimate the number of users on the Internet."

Let me know where this takes you...

Subject: Re: Internet Statistic
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 25 Oct 2006 12:57 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello yocherehcaz,

Thank you for your question.

For the first age range--

Burst Media Online Insights

"Among teens who go online
from home, friends? homes,
libraries and other locations
outside of school, fully one-
third (37.4%) say they spend
three or more hours per day
on the Internet."

17.9% say they spent between two and three hours online daily.
25.1% say they spend one to two hours online.
19.6% say they spend less than one hour online per day.

Boys spend a bit more time than girls do on the Net... but junior high
girls spend more time on the Net than junior high boys.

Here is more detailed information on teenagers:

(Information from the PEW Internet Group

87% of US teens aged 13-17 use the Internet, up from 73% in 2000. 66%
of adults us e the Internet, up from 56% in 2000.

51% of teenage users go online daily, up from 42% in 2000.

81% of teen internet users play games online, 76% look for news
online, 43% have made online purchases, and 31% get health information
online.  57% use it to learn about possible colleges to attend.  30%
try to find job information.

13% of teens do not use the Internet. Half of that group have used it
before but have stopped.

Almost all teens with households making more than $75,000 are online,
most with broadband access.

64% of all teens use instant messaging, and half of that group, 32%,
use IM on a daily basis. 75% of those who use the Internet use instant
messaging. 48% of teens who use instant messaging say they use it
every day.

5% of teens say they most often use email to communicate with friends.
 24% prefer instant messaging.

50% of IM-using teens link to articles or picture in messages.  45%
use it to send photos or documents.  31% use it to send videos or
music.  29% of teens who use IM will use it to talk to their parents.

In seventh grade, 84% of teenagers are online. By senior year in high
school, that jumps to 94%.

"An average youth between ages 12-17
reports spending 10.3 hours a week with friends doing social
activities outside of school
and about 7.8 hours talking with friends via technology like the
telephone, email, IM or
text messaging."

What Teens Do Online: (from the Pew Internet & American Life Project:
Teens and Parents Survey, October-November 2004 survey)

Send or read email
Go to websites about movies, TV shows, music groups, or sports stars
you are interested in
Play online games
Go online to get news or information about current events
Send or receive instant messages
Go online to get information about a college, university, or other school
you are thinking about attending
Look for news or information about politics and the presidential
Buy things online, such as books, clothing, or music
Send or receive text messages using a cell phone
Look for health, dieting, or physical fitness information online
Look for information about a job online
Look for religious or spiritual information online
Look for information online about a health topic that?s hard to talk about,
like drug use, sexual health, or depression


To get the second statistics, one is most likely to find studies of
college students for that age.

Vox Marketing--

"About one-third of 800 college students recently surveyed by Burst
Media say they use the internet more than 10 hours during a typical
week; 20.3 percent say more than 20 hours."

Here is a list of popular sites for college students:

Top 10 Sites for Students-- CNet


Here's a more general study encompassing a larger age range:

"Teens tune out TV, log on instead"

"Young people, ages 13-24, spend an average of 16.7 hours a week
online, excluding e-mail, compared to 13.6 hours watching TV. After TV
viewing, they listened to radio for 12 hours, talked on the phone for
7.7 hours and spent six hours reading books and magazines for personal

Search terms:
teenage internet use hours
teen spend hours internet
college students most popular sites

If you need any additional clarification before rating, let me know
and I'll be happy to assist you.

yocherehcaz-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Excellent!!  I searched high and low for this.  Great Job!

Subject: Re: Internet Statistic
From: keystroke-ga on 31 Oct 2006 08:40 PST
Thank you very much for the five stars and the tip! :)

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