As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, some 21% of Americans now report that they go online “almost constantly,” according to a Pew Research Center survey.
Overall, 73% of Americans go online on a daily basis. Along with the 21% who go online almost constantly, 42% go online several times a day and 10% go online about once a day. Some 13% go online several times a week or less often. And in this survey, 13% of adults say they do not use the internet at all.
Younger adults are in the vanguard of the constantly connected: Fully 36% of 18- to 29-year-olds go online almost constantly and 50% go online multiple times per day. By comparison, just 6% of those 65 and older go online almost constantly (and just 24% go online multiple times per day).
This is the first time that a Pew Research Center survey has included “almost constantly” as a response option when asking about frequency of internet use among adults, so there’s no way to measure how much this group has grown over time. A recent survey of teens found that 24% of teens report going online almost constantly, nearly identical to the figure among adults. At the same time, teens are more likely than adults to go online at least daily – 92% do so, compared with 73% of adults.