The Study
An introduction to this study of family use of the Internet.

The Families
Feature stories reflecting the Internet's impact on study participants' lives.

The Diaries
Statistics reported by people taking part in the project.

The Researchers
Janna Q. Anderson of the Elon School of Communications and 25 student researchers compiled this study.

The Neighborhood
Details about the town of Elon, NC and the neighborhood in this study.

Elon University

Pew Internet & American Life Project

42 adults and 13 minors in this study
reported on Internet activities
they have done at least once

Adults Minors
Research family tree 17% 8%
Get medical information 79% 23%
Listen to music 33% 69%
Watch video/film clips 33% 23%
Download music 14% 46%
Download games 10% 38%
Download software 45% 46%
Play games 17% 77%
Play games interactively 14% 31%
Look for job information 50% 15%
Hunt for real estate 50% 0%
Meet folks in chat room 12% 31%
Share info on a listserv 12% 0%
Buy goods or services 79% 15%
Comparison shop (not buy) 76% 46%
Sell things 0% 8%
Take part in poll or survey 55% 38%
Get daily news 64% 15%
Follow breaking news story 64% 31%
Contact a teacher 29% 38%
Do homework 10% 85%
Use instant messaging 48% 77%
Get info on films, books,
music, games then buy online
60% 46%
Send/receive photos 81% 54%
Substitute e-mail for long-distance
calls to friends/relatives
79% 69%
Send video with a Webcam 7% 0%
Use for telecommuting 24% 0%
Use Internet for home business 14% 0%
Trade stocks 29% 0%
Get tax information 55% 0%
File tax forms 24% 8%
Get investment information 62% 15%
Work on a hobby, pastime 52% 54%
Plan a vacation 83% 31%
Book a plane/hotel/car for a trip 64% 15%
Take a class or course 12% 8%
Learn about people in foreign cultures 29% 54%
Be an activist for a cause 2% 0%
Find out about local events 57% 31%
Tell someone bad news through e-mail 14% 31%
Tell someone good news through e-mail 81% 69%
Plan a reunion 33% 8%
Keep in touch with someone 79% 69%
Send Internet greeting cards 57% 62%
Plan a speech for a group 10% 0%
Find and share jokes/humorous stories 79% 69%
Forward Web pages to
friends/family/coworkers
57% 46%
Send e-mail attachments 81% 46%


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