Consumer electronics retailers are selling Americans the opportunity not just to consume content but also to make it, and the use of digital tools for the creation of artwork, photos, stories, and videos is becoming one of broadband’s big byproducts. According to a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 42% of Americans now have high-speed internet connections at home, and 48 million people have posted their own original content to the web.
John Harrigan, an associate director of research at Pew, reports that broadband adoption was up 40% from March 2005 to March 2006, double the rate of growth for the year before. Those high-speed connections make it fast and easy to upload all sorts of material to the web (blog entries, original music, photos, home video projects, etc.), and 35% of all internet users have tried their hand at it.
Other highlights from Harrigan’s study: