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Published on August 9th, 2010 by in News

When we meet with potential clients, one of the things we discuss is the number of people that have computers. The clients that are especially concerned about this are the ones that serve a poorer economic community. So we decided to do some research to find out how accessible our services were and the results we found were quite positive.

The Right Question
First we need to address the right question, “How many people own a computer?” is not precisely correct. Our services are web-based, which means it exists on the internet, not the computer. So the right question is, “How many people use the internet?”. Okay, moving forward.

How many people use the internet?
According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, “74% of American adults (ages 18 and older) use the internet” [1]. Initially you may wonder how that may be, so we will break down some of the details. The Pew Research Center conducts a lot of studies and has tons of data to answer these questions.
Here’s some quick facts:

  1. 60% of American adults use broadband connections at home [2]
  2. 17% of those earning less than $30,000 per year are cell-only wireless users [3]
  3. 54% [use their laptop to go online wirelessly] do so someplace other than home or work [4]

As can be seen from the data above, people find a way to be connected. They either use their cell phones, go to public places, or find other avenues to get to the internet. For more information, follow the links in the citations below.

Citations

1. Lee Raine; Internet, broadband, and cell phone statistics; Pew Internet & American Life Project; Jan 5, 2010; http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Internet-broadband-and-cell-phone-statistics.aspx; accessed on Aug 9, 2010


2. Lee Raine; Internet, broadband, and cell phone statistics; Pew Internet & American Life Project; Jan 5, 2010; http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Internet-broadband-and-cell-phone-statistics.aspx; accessed on Aug 9, 2010


3. Mobile Access 2010 – Part One: The current state of wireless internet use; Pew Internet & American Life Project; 2010; http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Mobile-Access-2010/Part-1.aspx?r=1; accessed on Aug 9, 2010


4. Mobile Access 2010 – Part Three: Mobile access using laptops and other devices; Pew Internet & American Life Project; 2010;
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Mobile-Access-2010/Part-3.aspx?r=1; accessed on Aug 9, 2010

 
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