Survey finds 90% of Americans rate the internet as essential to them during a pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the internet became an essential tool for many, transforming the lives of Americans and others abroad.
In a survey by the Pew Research Center, it was determined that as many as 90 percent of U.S. adult respondents surveyed in April of 2021 say the internet was essential or important to them during the pandemic.
81 percent of respondents also said they engaged in video calls since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 40 percent say they used the internet in new ways compared to pre-pandemic.
“The vast majority of adults (90%) say the internet has been at least important to them personally during the pandemic, the survey finds. The share who say it has been essential – 58% – is up slightly from 53% in April 2020. There have also been upticks in the shares who say the internet has been essential in the past year among those with a bachelor’s degree or more formal education, adults under 30, and those 65 and older,” the Pew report states.
“Results from a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults conducted April 12-18, 2021, reveal the extent to which people’s use of the internet has changed, their views about how helpful technology has been for them and the struggles some have faced.”