Fully 93% of teens use the internet, and teen use of the internet has intensified in recent years. In 2006, 89% of teens accessed the internet from home. This is fairly consistent with our survey data from 2000 and 2004, which showed that a similar percentage of teens accessing the internet from home.
Home access matters because online teens who access the internet from home are more likely to access the internet multiple times a day than teens who access the internet from somewhere other than home. The convenience of home access enables frequent internet use in ways that school or library-based internet access do not.
While the percentage of teens who access the internet from home has stayed relatively constant, the percentage of teens who report accessing the internet from school, from someone else’s house, and from the library has varied over time. The percentage of online teens in this survey who say they used the internet at school is 75%, up from 64% in 2000; the number who used it at someone else’s house is 70%, a modest increase from the 64% who did so in 2000; and the number who use it at libraries is 50%, up significantly from 36% of online teens in 2000.