Zona: 'Net surfers outnumber non-PC users

Zona: 'Net surfers outnumber non-PC users

The number of adults in the US using the Internet has surpassed for the first time the number of US adults who do not use a PC, according to a survey by Zona Research.

The survey estimates there are 90 million adult Internet users in the US compared with 85.3 million adults not using a PC. The survey was conducted in the third quarter of this year. It was the first time Zona's Worldwide Internet Tracking Study, which has been conducted quarterly since the spring of 1996, showed more Internet users than non-PC users, Zona said.

The number of Internet users has nearly tripled since the first survey, which estimated the number of Internet users to be 34 million.

The number of US Internet users is expected to continue to grow, Zona said. About one-quarter of the non-PC users who participated in the survey said they planned to go online in the future. This could translate into as many as 20 million new online users over the next several quarters, Zona said.

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