In 10 Years, Hours Spent on Internet Almost Doubled

Adult Internet users were spending close to 13 hours a week online in 2009, according to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive, a New York-based market research company. In comparison, U.S. adults used the Internet for about seven hours a week in 1999.

The number of adults online in the U.S. has grown to 184 million, compared with 113 million in 1999, according to Harris. People between the ages of 30 and 39 spend the most time on the Internet — 18 hours a week, the research firm said in a press release this week. I bet those numbers are going to be higher for folks below 21, considering that many have grown up using broadband. As I showed yesterday, the number of U.S. broadband users has gone up to around 80 million from about 2.7 million at the end of 1999.

Generally speaking, I find the 2009 numbers to be a little low, considering there are many more weapons of mass distraction these days — Hulu, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to start with.