Skip to comments.40 Million Just Hang Out Online Each Day (just to pass time)
Posted on 02/17/2006 4:43:04 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
40 Million Just Hang Out Online Each Day
POSTED: 10:46 am EST February 17, 2006
About 40 million Internet users go online just for fun or to pass the time each day, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Some 30 percent of Internet users go online on any given day for no particular reason, just for fun or to pass the time. That makes it one of the most populat online activities and indicates that the online environment is increasingly popular as a place for people to spend their free time, the group said.
Surfing for fun now stands only behind sending or receiving email (52 percent) and using a search engine (38 percent) as typical daily activities. It is in a virtual tie for third with getting news (31 percent).
In a survey in late November 2004, the group found about 25 million people went online on any given day just to browse for fun.
Two-thirds of people in the survey said that they go online sometimes for fun or just to pass the time. Thirty percent said they had done it the day before they were asked.
Thirty-four percent of men said they had done it the previous day, but only 26 percent of women, though the numbers who had ever done it were similar.
Broadband users at home were more likely to just play online that those with a dialup connection.
The group said that, along with greater broadband penetration, part of the reason for leisurely Web surfing is an increase in content. The Google index of Web pages, for example, has grown over 1,000 times in size since its launch in 1998. The number of websites grew from 17 million in the middle of 2000 to 65 million in the middle of 2005.
Kind of low.
Spells death for Hollywood...
This poll doesnt take into account that with the Internet, you can pass time, send emails check the news and use a search engine all at the same time.
They probably counted me twice.
Isn't Pew the organization that was bragging after the fact that they manufactured "public opinion" where people were clammoring for campaign finance "reform?" If it's the same group, their reputation should be about the same as CBS News for honesty.
No comment. Just hangin' out.
Some of us come here to argue.
Make that 40,000,000,001
And some of us hang out, just to watch you argue.
They continued, "But let's face it, the main reason is, well, have you seen the crap that's on television?
This is an official:
Check the daily weather for what to wear.
Lunch: Check FreeRepublic.com for the latest news.
Go back to work.
After work:Check FreeRepublic.com for what happened in the world while I was at work........
See, I have a good reason. Its not just passing time. I dont just browse because its set as my home page and I dont have to click on anything except "New Posts to You" and "Reload", occationally "Smokey Backroom".
Most definitely good.
Life is about the evolution of ideas. Weak and infirmed ideas fall and are devoured by stronger and more incisive thoughts. And then those stronger thoughts find themselves defending the higher ground.
Almost like "singularity"...but more like the bloody plains of primal Africa...but of ideas this time. The survival of the fittest."
I suggest it is time for islam to come onto this field...let's see how it performs!
No you don't.
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