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Most Adult Internet Users Use E-Mail, Search

August 9, 2011

While increasing numbers of savvy Internet users may Tweet and use Facebook, nearly all adults who go online still use e-mail and search engines, a new survey released Tuesday found.

The latest survey released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that e-mail and search engines are still among the most popular activities for adults who go online with 92 percent of adult Internet users saying they use of both. The survey, conducted April 26-May 22 of 2,277 adults, found that about six in 10 adult Internet users said they use search engines or e-mail on a daily basis.

"Email and search form the core of online communication and online information gathering, respectively. And they have done so for nearly a decade, even as new platforms, broadband and mobile devices continue to reshape the way Americans use the Internet and Web," Pew said in its report on the survey. "Perhaps the most significant change over that time is that both activities have become more habitual."

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