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Communications The Internet United States

About a Quarter of US Adults Say They Are 'Almost Constantly' Online (pewresearch.org) 56

As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, 26 percent of American adults now report that they go online "almost constantly," up from 21 percent in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January 2018. From the study: Overall, 77 percent of Americans go online on a daily basis. That figure includes the 26 percent who go online almost constantly, as well as 43 percent who say they go online several times a day and 8 percent who go online about once a day. Some 11 percent go online several times a week or less often, while 11 percent of adults say they do not use the internet at all.
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About a Quarter of US Adults Say They Are 'Almost Constantly' Online

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  • by Notabadguy ( 961343 ) on Sunday March 18, 2018 @09:36PM (#56281783)

    If my internet goes out for more than 3 minutes, my wife starts shooting at things.

  • "Go Online" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by omnichad ( 1198475 ) on Sunday March 18, 2018 @09:40PM (#56281789) Homepage

    What is this "Go online?" Is it clicking the dial button on your dial-up connection? Is it web? Is it email? Spotify? Netflix?

    • by fisted ( 2295862 )

      It's obviously using your AOL.

    • Right. Smokers are almost always smoking -- either they have one going, or they have one available.

      Most of us are in front of a computer and/or carrying our radiation blaster at all times. Sam Ting.

      • by gnick ( 1211984 )

        Smokers are almost always smoking -- either they have one going, or they have one available.

        You could say "always have one available" about gum chewers, soda drinkers, or any of hundreds of different habits. I have a cigarette available. It's on the front seat of my car in a pack with a bunch of others and I'll light it when I'm off work for the day. That will be my first cigarette of the day. Even though I've had one available, I don't think it's accurate to say I've been smoking all day. I'm smoking tobacco for 10 or 20 minutes a day; how does the fact that I have some imply that I'm "almost alw

  • by brainchill ( 611679 ) on Sunday March 18, 2018 @09:44PM (#56281797)
    Isn't that bit obvious? Most adults in the US and even most teens have smart phones and even if they don't realize it their smartphone is constantly online for everything from their visual voicemail to their questions for siri to call a contact.
    • Isn't that bit obvious? Most adults in the US and even most teens have smart phones and even if they don't realize it their smartphone is constantly online for everything from their visual voicemail to their questions for siri to call a contact.

      Exactly. And this question will likely be irrelevant within the next decade. Airplane mode will become unnecessary as WiFi fills the friendly skies, and you'll truly have to find the middle of nowhere to remove yourself from the ability to get online.

    • I have been online since I got my own snail mailbox.

      "Constantly" meant once every business day (at some moment that started to include Saturdays) I got updates I wanted: bills and newspapers, and unwanted: spam mail.

      Nothing changed since then, email, text or weather app, all behaves the same way,

      Only the definition of constancy changed.

      Another thing that changed was variety of what is it that we are updating ourselves to, variety of utilities, variety of services, variety of news sources.

      It does not make se

  • I am, only because I have to. I have to look at my phone all the time in order to answer emails that have to do with running my company. I'm super busy, all the time. I don't Face/Tweet/Chat/Gram. I'm dealing with problems and not fun stuff.
    I'm always surprised when I see other people on their phones as much as me. I can't imagine being on a phone when not absolutely needing to be. Most people have serious gadget addictions.
    • You've posted on Slashdot 15 times in the past week, you're hardly the model of productive internet use.

    • Yeah, it's hard to believe there are people out there that work as hard as you. I mean, geez, you are super busy and dealing with problems. There is no way other people are super busy and dealing with problems.
    • I am, only because I have to. I have to look at my phone all the time in order to answer emails that have to do with running my company. I'm super busy, all the time. I don't Face/Tweet/Chat/Gram. I'm dealing with problems and not fun stuff. I'm always surprised when I see other people on their phones as much as me. I can't imagine being on a phone when not absolutely needing to be. Most people have serious gadget addictions.

      Uh, your "super busy all the time" defines your addiction. Being a workaholic isn't any better than being addicted to Social Media, especially if you have a family.

  • Faith based considerations about technology?
    Poverty?
    Paper insulated wireline is not able to support a connection?
    Not able to use the net for a reason related to the user?

    Do they work for the security services?
    Work for the security services, as a contractor and they know their connection will be collected by the USA mil/gov on due to their security clearance?
    Know another nation is going to spy on them and have been told not to connect at home for security reasons at home in the USA?

    Are they city po
  • I posted this offline.

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      Speaking off offline, it try to make a point of going offline at least one day a week, phone off even or so far away I can forget to turn it off, in another room with the door shut. I wonder is mmorg, offline or online, would the difference be member of a guild with that particular toon or not.

  • What does "online" mean? My computer is ONLINE 24x7, but that doesnt mean I am using it, My phone is online 24x7 but that doesnt mean I have it on my person. MY TV is only 24x7 but that doesnt mean I am watching it.
  • Let me tell you something -- some of the ladies who are online pretty much 100% of the time and are constantly screaming about evil white males and how 100% of the planet's problems are directly caused by them are just as bad as the men and absolutely SHOULD be at the top of the crazy list. Everyone has seen a few of these folks -- seriously, they're plain nuts, and the Internet (especially social media) has given them a platform to vent this rabid kookiness and contributes to their instability. It's seri
    • by epine ( 68316 )

      some of the ladies who are online pretty much 100% of the time and are constantly screaming about evil white males

      Fortunately, there's always Slashdot, where your opposite loudness goes unopposed by the shrill of voice.

  • It's more like 3 quarters, since most of the people report their location to Google, Facebook et al 24/7.

    • by ledow ( 319597 )

      Google, possibly.

      But Facebook? Who runs the app? I thought it was well understood that it's a bloated mess that doesn't even do the messaging, and people just use the website version instead.

      Which won't be loaded/active/tracking location 24/7.

  • I sleep some every night. I turned my phone off when I went to a funeral last week. And there was that power outage a couple months ago.

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