Half of US Households Use PCs

PC use in American homes has surpassed the 50-percent mark, and 90 percent of PC users are now online, according to data from Harris Interactive surveys. The surveys also found that almost half of all adults use a PC at work, and 79 percent of those users are online.

The Harris Interactive data is based on telephone surveys of more than 2,000 adults in December 1999. Among the key findings:

  • The proportion of adults who use a computer at home has surpassed the 50 percent mark for the first time. This compares with only 30 percent of users in early 1996.
  • The proportion of all adults who use a computer at work has reached 47 percent, compared to 38 percent in early 1996.
  • A total of 69 percent of all adults use a computer at home, work, or at some other location. This figure is up from 50 percent in late 1995.
  • From a total of 56 percent of all adults who use the Internet, 46 percent access the Internet from home, 37 percent access the Internet from work, and 21 percent access it from some other location.
  • Three years ago, 27 percent of computer users were using the Internet. Now, 81 percent of computer users go online.
The Growth of PC and Internet Use
Date Total PC Use
(%)
PC Use
from Home

(%)
PC Use
at Work

(%)
Use from
another
location

(%)
Dec. 99 69 51 47 26
Oct. 99 68 48 41 22
Aug./Sept. 99 66 46 41 23
Jun./July 99 65 47 40 24
April/May 99 65 45 41 20
Jan/Feb. 99 63 42 40 17
June/July 98 67 47 45 22
March/April 98 66 44 45 23
Dec. 97/Feb 98 62 39 41 23
May/June 97 61 36 41 NA
June/Sept. 96 54 30 38 NA
Jan/April 96 52 30 38 NA
Sept/Nov 95 50 NA NA NA
Online Usage
Date Total
Online
Online
at Home
Online
at Work
Online
Other
Location
Dec. 99 56 46 37 21
Oct. 99 49 39 30 17
Aug/Sept 99 49 40 31 19
Jun/July 99 48 47 30 20
April/May 99 43 35 29 16
Jan/Feb 99 41 33 27 17
Jun/July 98 44 36 31 16
March/April 98 38 31 26 16
Dec 97/Feb 98 35 22 22 NA
May/June 97 30 16 18 NA
Jun/Sept 96 17 16 16 NA
Jan/April 96 14 NA NA NA
Sept/Nov 96 9 NA NA NA
Source: Harris Interactive

The most recent data was compiled from surveys conducted by telephone within the United States between December 2-7, 1999 and December 9-12, 1999, among a nationwide cross-section of adults.

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