More than half of Americans, 52 percent, say they’ve used the internet at least some of the last year, according to a new survey released by the Pew Research Center.
The numbers are up sharply from a year ago, when just 35 percent said they’d used the net at all.
The survey, which surveyed more than 4,000 Americans between April and July, also found that 60 percent of adults say they get a lot of news from the internet.
The figures come as news organizations are scrambling to prepare for the first days of the new year amid reports of a massive spike in internet use during the height of the pandemic.
The Pew report also found a sharp increase in use of smartphones and tablets, as well as a slight rise in mobile internet usage.
Pew also said that while the percentage of Americans using the internet dropped to 43 percent from 44 percent in 2015, that was largely driven by people who said they use social media more.
The results also show that while Americans are increasingly likely to use social networking sites, it is still a relatively small portion of their daily internet use.
Pew’s survey was conducted April 21-23 and surveyed 1,094 adults across the United States.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The full survey is available online at: pewresearch.org/digital-age-digital-privacy/internet-usage-a-statistic-of-the-day/