On any given day more than 4 million Americans are accessing the Internet from some place other than home or work, reports Paul Harwood, Research Associate (University of North Florida), and Lee Rainie, Director. On a typical day, they say, more than half the people accessing the Internet from a "third place" are between ages 18-24. Students are the anywhere, anytime users of the Internet.
On any given day, 27% of those who use the Internet go online in at least two places. At the same time, a portion of Internet users depend completely on these other places because these locales are the exclusive providers of their online connection.
64% of American adults use the Internet...128 million people. Some 88% of them have a home connection to the Internet. On a given day, 79% of the 69 million American adults who are online are using a home-based connection to the Net. The PEW surveys show that 51% of all online users access the Net while at work. 40% of those connecting to the Internet on a typical day log on from work.
Where Americans Use The Internet
|Another place only||3%|
|Home and work||34%|
|Home and another place other than work||10%|
|Work and another place other than home||2%|
|Home and work and another place||8%|
Nearly half those between 18-24 years old report they have accessed the Internet from another place. 26% of the users between 25-34 go online in places like libraries, friend's and neighbor's homes, relative's homes and cyber cafes. Only 10% of Internet users age 65 years and older have ever gone online from place other than their home.
3rd Place Users
|% of 3rd Place Users||% of Overall Internet Population Who Use 3rd Place|
|Less than $30,000||22%||28%|
|Employed full or part time||77%||23%|
|Did not graduate from HS||8%||45%|
|High school grad||18%||16%|
|College degree +||38%||17%|
|Type of home connection|