Science And The Internet

    November 21, 2006

The Internet is widely used by 40 million Americans as a resource for science information according to the Pew Internet Project. 87% of users have at one time used the Internet for research relating to a scientific topic.

The Internet is second only to TV for Americans looking for science related information. For Americans with high-speed Internet access it is as popular as TV for science related information.

For younger adults with high-speed Internet access the Internet is more popular than TV as source for science information by a ratio of 44% to 32%.

The nation wide survey conducted by Pew Internet & American Life Project reveals how people get their information concerning science related topics. Other results show that 9 out of 10 (87%) of online users have used the Internet to find information about a scientific concept, question or to help complete a school assignment.

On why the Internet has become such a valuable tool concerning science information John B. Horrigan, Associate Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project and main author of the study said

“People’s use of the internet for science information has a lot to do with the internet’s convenience as a research tool, but it also connected to people’s growing dependence on the internet for information of all types. Many think of the internet as a gigantic encyclopedia on all subjects and this certainly applies to scientific information.”

The results of the Pew Internet Project survey make sense, as the Internet is probably the most immediate resource for gathering scientific information.

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