If you look around a college campus, you will notice that the students are using the Internet, whether it be through their phones, laptops, tablets, or the school’s computers. Almost every college student uses the Internet for some reason or another. The question is… what are they using the Internet for?
Well, after doing some research on the Internet, I found some interesting facts and statistics about college students’ Internet usage. You would think that since people in college are students that they would be using the Internet most for academic purposes, but this is not always true. Some college students, in fact, spend most of their time on the Internet doing non-academic activities. These non-academic activities include e-mailing, playing games, watching videos, social networking, and more. In our generation, social networking is the most popular it has ever been. Through the use of Facebook, Twitter, and many other sites, college students are able to easily connect with others, and it is shown that these sites are used multiple times a day.
The chart below indicates the Internet activity among different generations. It is interesting to see the differences and similarities among the age groups. According to this specific chart, e-mail, search, and health information are always most used across generations. In the college student generation, social networking has become one of the top reasons for the use of the Internet, but as the generations get older, social networking decreases.
I also found another chart below that proves social networking, specifically Facebook, is most popular for college students, or people aged 18 to 25. As you can see in this chart, people aged 55-65 have the lowest percentage for the use of Facebook.
The research that I have found came from the following sources…
Everyday life, online: U.S. college students' use of the Internet
Plugged in: Five Ways College Student Internet Use is Unique