According to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, many of us — and the majority of young adults — go online for no good reason at all.
The study found that on any given day, 53% of 18 to 29 year-olds go online just to have fun or pass time. Pew’s phone survey was conducted from July 25 to Aug. 26 among 2,260 American adults.
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This statistic highlights the general finding that the amount of time people spend aimlessly surfing the Web corresponds with age. Only 12% of people over 65 say they went online the previous day for no particular reason. Of those aged 50 to 64, the study found 27% answered yes to the same question. In all, 58% of all adults said that they use the Internet to pass time or have fun at least occasionally. Of adults who use the Internet, nearly three-quarters surf the Web for no reason.