How much time do you spend online?
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How much time do you spend online?
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If someone asked you to quantify the time you spend online, how would you answer? If you're like one-fifth of Americans, you'd likely say "almost constantly." New research shows that 21 percent of Americans report that they're online more or less incessantly.
It was the first time the words "almost constantly" were an option in a Pew Research survey about Internet use, notes Andrew Perrin. He is a research assistant at Pew who commented in a blog post about the survey. During the survey, which was conducted between June and July, adults were asked how much they go online. Thirteen percent said they do not go online at all.  Another 13 percent said they go online several times a week or less. Only 10 percent said they go online once a day.  And much larger quantities said they go online several times a day (42 percent) or "almost constantly" (21 percent).
Interestingly, there wasn't a gender split when it came to near constant Internet use. Age, on the other hand, seems to be the great digital divider.  Only six percent of people over age 65 said they're online that much.  And the number grew from there. Those who report that they are online all the time include 12 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds, 28 percent of 30- to 49-year-olds and 36 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds.
Don't assume that teenagers are online even more than adults, however. In another survey, Pew found that while they do have a slight edge on adults in general when it comes to "almost constant" Internet use, 24 percent said they're online pretty much all the time. They still fall significantly behind the 36 percent of adults between 18 and 29 years of age who are always online.
Could the discrepancy between teens and young adults have to do with older folks' unrestricted access to mobile phones with generous data plans? Possibly. Or maybe money is a factor.  The richer you are, the more Internet you're likely to use. Twenty-eight percent of people who earn $70,000 or more report being online constantly.  Only 16 percent of those who earn $30,000 or less report the same usage.
Given that the United Nations considers unrestricted Internet access to be a human right, the number of Americans who report being online "almost constantly" could rise along with availability and affordability. But it remains to be seen whether being online all the time is actually something to aspire to.  Or how constant connectivity will impact American culture in the long term.

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Why might teenagers spend less time online than 18- to 29-year-olds?
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  • nicks-ver
    1/05/2016 - 02:58 p.m.

    Also I feel like teens have to use the internet in school because of the homework teachers assign.

  • afrikab-ric
    1/05/2016 - 03:20 p.m.

    Teenagers could spend less time online than 18 - 29 years old because they might have more things to do. As a teenager, they will hang out with friends frequently. Also, they are in highschool, so they could have extra activities after school & sports. Adults on the other hand, just have to go to work (if they have a job) & then they are at home. Once they are home they probably get right on their cell phone.

  • tiaj-ric
    1/05/2016 - 03:26 p.m.

    Teenagers might spend less time online because they might have the money like adults do. Adults have jobs. They might have extra money to spend. Teenagers are in school most of the day and might not have time.

  • mcshunw-ric
    1/05/2016 - 03:27 p.m.

    I think that teenagers spend less time online than 18-29 year olds because at the ages of 18-29 people start to get jobs. There are some jobs that require using the internet or getting online. Most teenagers don't get a job yet.That is what I think.

  • briannap1-ric
    1/05/2016 - 03:30 p.m.

    I think that teenagers spend less time on the internet than 18-29 year-olds because of school probably. If we weren't in school most of the time, we would probably spend more time online. It's mostly time that is a factor in the difference of internet usage. I would be on the internet a lot ore if I wasn't in school honestly.

  • connorv-ric
    1/05/2016 - 03:30 p.m.

    Teenagers are people who are 13-17. But you can't have a job until your 15. so that means more than half the teenage polpulation can make any money at all if they don't have allowence. and if you don't have any money then you cant buy phones or data plans or computers. and if you don't have things to access the internet how are you going to be able to say your constently on the internet?

  • jaredb-ric
    1/05/2016 - 03:33 p.m.

    Teenagers might spend their time doing other things like sports. Also, the adults have more time to be online for work. The teens usually are playing sports or doing other things. A lot of teens do other things then be online.

  • andrewk-1-ric
    1/05/2016 - 03:37 p.m.

    Teenagers spend less time online than 18- to 29- year olds. One reason is that once you get older the more you would need the internet. But when you're younger you don't really need the internet. But when you are older you use the internet a lot more frequently kids use the internet in schools and even college.

  • giovannig-1-ric
    1/05/2016 - 03:38 p.m.

    Teenagers might spend less time than adults aging from 18-29 because teenagers got to school and there are still a lot of 18-29 year olds that don't go to college so they have a lot more time to be able to go on to the internet. Secondly adults ages 18-29 pay for their own phone and maybe even Wi-Fi since they have a job and maybe even their own house or apartment so they get the freedom to choose how much data they want to use. These are some data usage freedoms that more than likely a teen will not have. As the Article said itself that money might just be a major factor that determines how much data a person uses.

  • lilyc-ric
    1/05/2016 - 03:41 p.m.

    Teenagers spend less time online then 18-29 year olds because they might have to go to school or an extracurricular activity. They might not have as much free time as people older than them do. Some teenagers don't have access to the internet, and therefor can't do anything online.

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