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From...
PC World

Internet users now outnumber the PC-less

December 23, 1999
Web posted at: 10:48 a.m. EST (1548 GMT)

by Margret Johnston

(IDG) -- Everyone in America is reading this story right now.

Well, not really. But if it seems that everyone is online these days, you're almost right.

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For the first time, the number of adults in the U.S. who use the Internet has surpassed the number of U.S. adults who do not.

A new survey by Zona Research estimates that 90 million adults are Internet users in the U.S., compared with 85.3 million adults who are not using a PC. It is the first time that Zona's Worldwide Internet Tracking Study, which has been conducted quarterly since the spring of 1996, has shown more Internet users than non-PC users, Zona says in a news release on Tuesday.

The new survey, which was conducted in the third quarter of this year, shows that the number of Internet users has nearly tripled since the first survey, which estimated the number of Internet users to be 34 million.

The number of U.S. Internet users is expected to continue to grow, according to Zona's researchers. About one-quarter of the non-PC users who participated in the survey say they plan to go online in the future. This could translate into as many as 20 million new online users over the next several quarters, the researchers report.


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