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Average Internet User Online 13 Hours Per Week

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Are you an average Web surfer?

Are you an average Web surfer? If you spend more than 13 hours per week on the Internet--excluding checking your email--then there's nothing average about you whatsoever... at least, that's what the latest Harris Interactive poll indicates. Apparently, the number of used hours has grown over the years, with the average surfer using 7 hours in 1999. The number peaked in October 2008, with the average weekly use hovering at 14 hours.

The poll results, released on Wednesday, revealed that 80-percent of U.S. adults go online, with 20-percent online for two hours or less a week, and 14-percent online more than 24 hours a week. Harris Interactive claims that consumers are more accustomed to using the Internet now than previous years, with many sitting back to watch streaming video or shop for items online.

Harris Interactive also speculates that the recession has something to do with recent numbers: consumers just don't have the money to go out, and thus spend time on the Internet (which is free after the monthly fee). The poll also determined that 50-percent of all those online bought something on the Internet in the last month.  This includes 62-percent of those aged 30-39, and 56-percent of those aged 40-49.

Harris Interactive's poll queried 2,029 people via telephone calls between July 7 and 12 and October 13 and 18, 2009. To see the resulting charts, head here. The firm also stresses that people's usage of the Internet varies.

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    Kaiser_25 , December 24, 2009 12:51 AM
    Ya i do 13 hours a day easily if you include work...
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    socrates047 , December 24, 2009 3:02 AM
    this might freak u guys out, but i am online as i write this message.
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    bison88 , December 24, 2009 2:59 AM
    Man I feel like a serious loser. I spend no less then 8 hours online and thats with school. Man I need a life and maybe a girlfriend. Is there an App for that?
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    redgarl , December 23, 2009 10:51 PM
    Well, it depends... if we only count the time I am surfing, maybe even less than that... let's say an hour a day.
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    sicpric , December 23, 2009 11:06 PM
    On a normal work day I'm online more than that on a single day!
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    Lewis57 , December 23, 2009 11:26 PM
    Shit i spend about 5 hours a day online.
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    Kaiser_25 , December 24, 2009 12:51 AM
    Ya i do 13 hours a day easily if you include work...
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    haunted one , December 24, 2009 2:25 AM
    This result is misleading and can't really be applied to everyone. Online resources differ from person to person, occupation to occupation. Many universities conduct online lectures and online tests. It's not fair to lump it this way.

    I'm guessing the findings refer to 'leisurely' online activity.
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    shouyou , December 24, 2009 2:28 AM
    Damn im online either computer/console about 9hrs a day lol
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    bison88 , December 24, 2009 2:59 AM
    Man I feel like a serious loser. I spend no less then 8 hours online and thats with school. Man I need a life and maybe a girlfriend. Is there an App for that?
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    socrates047 , December 24, 2009 3:02 AM
    this might freak u guys out, but i am online as i write this message.
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    mcreskiller , December 24, 2009 3:02 AM
    umm.. im online more then that a day.. im online 13-14 hours a days either gaming or msning or facebooking or many of the other fun things you can do on the interwebs
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    fatkid35 , December 24, 2009 4:36 AM
    i know tons of people that log 14 hours just facebooking, hell just farmvilling! then add all the other crap you end up doing on line.this poll is way off. poll fail.
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    sinsear , December 24, 2009 6:24 AM
    Average Tom's Hardware user online OVER 9000 hours per week.
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    randomizer , December 24, 2009 10:53 AM
    12-14 hours a day for me usually. Mostly surfing the net.
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    r0x0r , December 24, 2009 11:16 AM
    haunted oneI'm guessing the findings refer to 'leisurely' online activity.


    Would you consider utorrent as leisure?

    If so, then a lot of people here would be online 168 hours a week.
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    Clintonio , December 24, 2009 11:18 AM
    I'm literally dependant on the internet, so, no matter what time of day it is, even when I'm asleep, I'll be online in some way. Something will be connected, active. And, no, I don't mean torrents or downloads. I don't really count my "internet time", since, I don't get disconnected from the internet. I still have a pretty regular day to day life, somehow. But, to me the internet is a direct part of that. Counting how much I use the net is like trying to count the amount of steps I take every day, or breaths.
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    azgard , December 24, 2009 12:32 PM
    r0x0rWould you consider utorrent as leisure? If so, then a lot of people here would be online 168 hours a week.


    I looked at the Chart's they made, they don't separate where use is(home/office/other)but they did separate whether anyone was actually behind the wheel during access.
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    sliem , December 24, 2009 3:15 PM
    If including work, then it's like 8-11h a day. If excluding, then it's 0-3h a day. Therefore no, I'm not an average internet user.
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    loomis86 , December 24, 2009 3:24 PM
    15-20 hours a week for me. But I don't use TV or radio or magazines or newspapers...for me all those accessed via internet. I even watch movies on my computer.
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    cnyte , December 24, 2009 4:14 PM
    13 hours is not that much hours anyways. like 1 hour and 50 min a day on the net. i use it more for school and enjoyment.
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    cnyte , December 24, 2009 4:15 PM
    we spend more hours on here then what they say
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    jags_boy7 , December 24, 2009 5:59 PM
    13 hours? Bah! Amatuers!
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