Americans spend more time online, have positive view of the Net

Many say the Net is more important source of information than traditional media, survey findsAmericans are spending more time online than ever before and many view the Internet as a more important source of information than TV, radio and newspapers, according to a new survey released today.Last year, Internet users in the U.S. spent an average of 15.3 hours per week online, up more than one hour per week since 2006, according to the survey by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future. That was the highest level in the survey’s seven-year history. Each year, The Digital Future Project surveys more than 2,000 people in the same U.S. households to find out how online technology affects users and nonusers.According to the survey, 80% of Internet users 17 and older said the Internet is a more important source of information than television (68%), radio (63%) or newspapers (63%), up from 66% in 2006.
computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9057701The report is available from www.digitalcenter.org/pdf/2008-Digital-Future-Report-Final-Release.pdf although for a fee.

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