How do people use the Web? I visit the Pew Internet site regularly because this is one of the questions they tackle frequently. Here are some recent reports that had some interesting facts:
- About 25 million people have used the internet to sell something. “Some 17% of online American adults have used the internet to sell things. That amounts to approximately 25 million Americans. In addition, internet traffic data show that visits to classified ad web sites has grown 80% in the past year. Almost everything imaginable is currently for sale or has been for sale by individuals on various auction or classified ad sites. Tangible items like pink plastic Christmas trees, collectible coins, wedding dresses, automobiles, books, or CDs share web space with a myriad of intangibles including virtual weaponry and characters from online games (sold for real money) and services including everything from finding a French tutor, a personal trainer or someone to clean your aquarium.”
- 13 million Americans made donations online after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. “In the aftermath of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes, 13 million Americans made donations to relief efforts online and 7 million set up their own hurricane relief efforts using the internet. In addition to using the internet to respond directly to the crisis, 50% of online users sought out news and information online.”
How do you use the internet? Do you donate? Do you shop? Do you blog?