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U.S Online Population Grows: Harris Interactive

11/07/2007 08:10:00 AM Eastern

New York — A Harris poll of American computer users has found 79 percent of adults are now online either at work or at home.

The study, which polled 2,062 U.S. adults by telephone in July and October, indicated that the percentage of adults actively going online either at home or work increased two points compared with the same period in 2006. About 57 percent were online in 2000 and 9 percent in 1995, the first year Harris conducted this survey.

In addition, the overall number of hours people spend online is now 11 hours per week, up from nine hours last year and eight in 2005.

The amount of time people spend on the Web at home and work has also increased. This year, 72 percent of those surveyed said they access the Internet at home, up two points from 2006. The number of people going online at work has also continued to increase. Harris found 37 percent now use the Internet on the job, up from 35 percent last year.

The largest increase in online activity was among those accessing the Web from a location other then their home or job. In 2007, 35 percent of those polled said they access the Web from an outside location, up from 22 percent in 2006.

For the complete survey results see Harris Interactive.