TABLE 3.1 Internet Use by Activity, August Through September 2001

Activity

Aug. 13–Sept. 10a (percentage)

Sept. 12–19b (percentage)

Sept. 20–Oct. 1c (percentage)

Going online for any purpose

56

51

57

Sending or reading e-mail

51

42

49

Getting news online

22

27

26

Seeking hobby information

20

10

22

Browsing for fun

20

13

20

Doing work-related research

17

13

15

Seeking medical or health information

5

3

5

Buying products

4

2

2

aN = 1,351; margin of error is ±3 percent.

bN = 1,138; margin of error is ±3 percent.

cN = 525; margin of error is ±6 percent.

SOURCE: Lee Raime and Bente Kalsnes. 2001. The Commons of the Tragedy: How the Internet Was Used by Millions After the Terror Attacks to Grieve, Console, Share News, and Debate the Country’s Response. Pew Internet & American Life Project, Washington, D.C., October 10, p. 7. Available online at <http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=46>.

TABLE 3.2 Main Source of Information Following September 11, 2001

Main Source of Information

All Americansa (percentage)

Heaviest Internet Usersb (percentage)

Television

79

80

Radio

7

6

Newspaper

7

7

Internet

2

6

Talking with others

2

1

aN = 1,029; margin of error is ±3 percent.

bN = 260; margin of error is ±7 percent. The Pew study defines the heaviest Internet users as those who have more than 3 years’ experience online and who log on from home every day. This group constitutes about 20 percent of all Internet users and about 11 percent of the U.S. adult population

SOURCE: Lee Raime and Bente Kalsnes. 2001. The Commons of the Tragedy: How the Internet Was Used by Millions After the Terror Attacks to Grieve, Console, Share News, and Debate the Country’s Response. Pew Internet & American Life Project, Washington, D.C., October 10, p. 10. Available online at <http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=46>.



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