Survey Shows Big Jump By Americans In Use Of Net To Make Calls
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 01/06/2011 18:16
Nearly 20 percent of all American adults now use the Internet to make phone calls, according to a new survey released Monday from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
The findings show a big jump from 2007, when 6 percent of adults reported using the Internet to make calls. Overall, 24 percent of all Internet users said in the latest survey that they make phone calls online.
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One Quarter of Americans Placed Internet phone calls: Pew Report
After years of modest activity, online phone calling has taken off as a quarter of American adult internet users (24%) have placed phone calls online. That amounts to 19% of all American adults.
On any given day 5% of internet users are going online to place phone calls.
Both figures are marked increases from previous readings in surveys by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Using different question wording, the Project found in February 2007 that 8% of internet users (6% of all adults) had placed calls online and 2% of internet users were making calls on any given day. At various points during the 2000s we asked similar questions and found that at most about a tenth of internet users had ever used the internet to place calls and the daily figure never rose above 1% of internet users.
About the Survey
These findings come from national survey findings from a poll conducted on landline and cell phones, in English and Spanish, between April 26 and May 22, 2011 among 2,277 adults (age 18 and older). The online phone calling question was asked of 846 respondents. The margin of error among the internet users is +/- 3.7 percentage points.