Internet Use Over Time

According to our January 2014 survey, 87% of American adults use the internet, up from 14% in 1995.

Date Uses internet Doesn’t use internet
6/1995 14% 86
7/1996 23% 77
11/1997 36% 64
5/1998 36% 64
3/2000 46% 54
8/2000 50% 50
2/2001 53% 47
9/2001 59% 41
1/2002 61% 39
9/2002 61% 39
5/2003 61% 39
2/2004 63% 37
6/2004 63% 37
1/2005 66% 34
6/2005 68% 32
9/2005 72% 28
1/2006 73% 27
4/2006 73% 27
8/2006 70% 30
11/2006 68% 32
12/2006 70% 30
3/2007 71% 29
9/2007 73% 27
12/2007 75% 25
5/2008 73% 27
8/2008 75% 25
11/2008 74% 26
12/2008 74% 26
4/2009 79% 21
9/2009 77% 23
12/2009 74% 26
5/2010 79% 21
9/2010 74% 26
11/2010 74% 26
12/2010 77% 23
1/2011 79% 21
5/2011 78% 22
8/2011 78% 22
4/2012 82% 18
9/2012 81% 19
11/2012 85% 15
12/2012 81% 19
5/2013 85% 15
9/2013 86% 14
1/2014 87% 13


A very large Excel spreadsheet is available for download containing data points for all online activities, with user demographics, over time. Please read the “Usage Over Time Tip Sheet” before downloading or using this spreadsheet.