THE NUMBERS REPORT: DIGITAL ADDICTION

Most of these figures are excerpted from “The Digital Diet,” by Daniel Sieberg.

  • In the year 2000, 3 percent of Americans had high-speed Internet connections. Ten years later it was 63 percent.
  • Today, more than 85 percent of adults own a cell phone. Among the 18 to 26 year-old set, 96 percent do.
  • The use of social networking sites for those over age 50 jumped from 22 percent in 2009 to 42 percent last year.

According to Ericsson, a major cell phone maker, 35 percent of Americans with iPhones or Android phones look at their phone apps before they get out of bed.

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