Even in a world where new platforms constantly evolved, with components like broadband and mobile devices continuing to grow at incredible rates, the original two, Search and Email are still the most popular today.
Social networks fit into this equation, too. Though the popularity of search and email has remained steady since 2002, the allure of social network sites has skyrocketed since appearing on the Pew radar in 2005. In 2005 just 11 percent of adults included social networks in their online activity, and now 65 percent of adults include socnets.
Pew also finds that search usage climbs as income increases. Ninety percent of households with less than $30,000 in income have used search, while 91 percent of households with an income of $30,000 – $50,000 have used search, and 98 percent of households with an income of $75,000+ have used search.
Ethnic usage trends discovered by the pollsters were also revealing. For example, whites were more likely to use email every day (63 percent) compared to Hispanics (53 percent) and African Americans (48 percent), the report said.