Share of adults in the United States who use the internet from 2000 to 2018

Internet usage penetration among adults in the U.S. 2000-2018 This statistic shows the percentage of adults who use the internet in the United States from 2000 and 2018. In 2018, 89 percent of U.S. adults were reported to use the internet at least occasionally, up from 76 percent in 2010.
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Percentage of adults
200052%
200155%
200259%
200361%
200463%
200568%
200671%
200774%
200874%
200976%
201076%
201179%
201283%
201384%
201484%
201584%
201686%
201889%
Percentage of adults
200052%
200155%
200259%
200361%
200463%
200568%
200671%
200774%
200874%
200976%
201076%
201179%
201283%
201384%
201484%
201584%
201686%
201889%
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This statistic shows the percentage of adults who use the internet in the United States from 2000 and 2018. In 2018, 89 percent of U.S. adults were reported to use the internet at least occasionally, up from 76 percent in 2010.
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Release date
March 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2000 to 2018
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
Earlier data from earlier publications.

Prior to January 2005, internet users were defined as those who said “yes” to “Do you ever go online to access the Internet or World Wide Web or to send and receive email?”
From January 2005 through February 2012, internet users were defined as someone who said “yes” to either “Do you use the internet, at least occasionally?” or “Do you send or receive email, at least occasionally?”
From April 2012 to April 2013, internet users were defined as someone who said “yes” to at least one of three questions: “Do you use the internet, at least occasionally?” or “Do you send or receive email, at least occasionally?” or “Do you access the internet on a cell phone, tablet or other mobile handheld device, at least occasionally?”
From April 2013 to the present, internet users are defined as someone who said “yes” to either “Do you use the internet or email, at least occasionally?” or “Do you access the internet on a cell phone, tablet or other mobile handheld device, at least occasionally?

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