How May Months/Years on the Internet
- Overall, 60.3% of the users have been on the Internet less than 1 year,
with 27.7% being on for less than 6 months. This large porportion of new
users is indicative of the wider acceptance and use of the Internet and
the World Wide Web by the general population.
- Compared to the Third Survey, where 26.9% reported having been on the
Internet for 1 to 3 years, only 11.9% reported this for the Fourth Survey.
Additionally, the percentage of users who have been on the Internet more
than 4 years increased from 23.1% for the Third to 27.9%, indicating that
the traditional Internet users are still present and active.
- The Weekend users tend to be newer users than their Weekday counterparts,
though not by much (30.4% Weekend vs 27.0% Weekday). This diminishes the
notion that Weekend Internet users are composed primarily of very
By Access Time
- The recent adoption of the Internet by women is evident in that
over a third have used the Internet for less than 6 months (36.8%
female vs 23.9% male). A similar spike was observed in the Third
Survey (39.5% females with under 6 months) as well as the time lagged
dependency that this former spike caused - 29.3% of the women reported
being on the Internet between 6 and 12 months compared to 18.6% for
the Third Survey.
- Men are twice as likely to have been on the Internet more than
7 years than females (8.0% men vs 4.0% women). This intuitively makes
sense as the Internet was primarily used in the late 1980's by
computer scientists and other traditionally male dominated fields.
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GVU's WWW Surveying Team
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College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
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