What Americans do online

  All internet
users
Dial-up at
home
Broadband at
home (all
respondents)
Accessed internet away
from home or work using
WiFi on laptop computer
Pays for premium home
broadband services
Use an online search
engine
89% 80% 94% 95% 95%
Check weather reports
and forecasts
80 75 84 88 84
Get news online 73 61 80 86 88
Visit a state or local
government website
66 55 72 78 76
Look online for
information about the
2008 election
55 37 62 70 70
Watch a video on a videosharing
site like YouTube
or GoogleVideo
52 29 60 69 67
Look online for
information about a job
47 36 50 59 56
Send instant messages 40 38 44 53 48
Read someone else’s
blog
33 15 40 42 45
Use a social networking
site like MySpace,
Facebook, or
LinkedIn.com
29 21 33 38 41
Make a donation to
charity online
20 9 23 28 27
Downloaded a podcast 19 8 22 31 28
Download or share files
using peer-to-peer
networks such as
BiTorrent or LiveWire
15 15 17 21 20
Create or work on your
own blog
12 8 15 19 19
Number of cases 1,553 249 1,138 504 306
Source: Pew Internet Project