By the Numbers: 73% of Americans Are Online Daily, 21% Constantly


According to an article published December 8, 2015, on the Fact Tank blog of the Pew Research Center, in their most recent survey of internet usage by adults, Pew included a category called “almost constantly” as a response option when asking about frequency of internet use. As you might guess, there are a lot of us living online. Here are some highlights (or lowlights, depending on your personal point-of-view) from the article. (The article did not include a link to findings of study.)


Internet usage by all adults

73% | (Percentage of Americans) Online daily
21% | Online almost constantly
42% | Several times a day
10% | Once a day
13% | Several times a week or less
13% | Do not use the internet at all

Internet usage by adults, 18-29

36% | Online almost constantly
50% | Several times a day

Internet usage by adults, 65 and older

6% | Online almost constantly
24% | Several times a day

Internet usage by mobile device users

And as is true for teens, adults with mobile connectivity are especially likely to be online a lot.

75% | Use a mobile device to access internet (at least occasionally)
87% | Percentage of mobile users who go online daily
27% | Percentage of mobile users online almost constantly

Internet usage by demographics other than age

29% | College educated adults online almost constantly
14% | High school educated (or less) adults online almost constantly
89% | College educated who are online daily
28% | Adults with household income $75,000+ online almost constantly
91% | Adults with household income $75,000+ online daily)
16% | Adults with household income $30,000 or less online almost constantly
23% | Urban and suburban adults online almost constantly
14% | Rural adults online almost constantly