Chart of the Week: The ever-accelerating rate of technology adoption
The World Wide Web, first conceived of 25 years ago this week, has been adopted by American society in record time.
Digital Life in 2025
Experts foresee an ambient information environment where accessing the Internet will be effortless and most people will tap into it so easily it will flow through their lives “like electricity.”
The Web at 25
The World Wide Web, which turns 25 years old this March, is embedded in the lives of Americans: 87% now use the internet, up from just 14% in 1995. This explosive adoption has changed the way Americans get their news, perform their jobs, engage with their government and communicate with friends and family.
Interactive: Technology Use and National Income
Technology usage is strongly correlated with national income across the countries surveyed.
Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology
Cell phones are pervasive, but smartphones are still rare. And while the internet has made tremendous inroads, its reach is limited.
Emerging nations catching up to U.S. on technology adoption, especially mobile and social media use
Within a remarkably short period of time, some developing nations are catching up to the U.S. in technology use.
E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps
The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.
Americans with just basic cell phones are a dwindling breed
The share of Americans who have a basic cellular phone that is not a smartphone has dropped 33 percentage points since 2005.
Eight-in-Ten African Americans Use the Internet
While African Americans continue to trail whites when it comes to internet use and home broadband adoption overall, young African Americans are just as likely as their white counterparts to use the internet and have especially high rates of Twitter use.
Tablet and E-reader Ownership
The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.