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Fact Sheet

The Web — A Major Influence in our Lives

  • When asked, "Where would you turn for information?" Research agency Pew Internet & American Life Project found that for health care information, 31% of all Americans said they would first turn to the Internet. For government information, 39% of all Americans said they would first turn to the Net. About one in five (21%) Americans revealed themselves to be very heavily reliant on the Internet for carrying out tasks.

  • According to Jupiter Research, the Internet affected $232 billion in off-line spending in 2002. And according to The UCLA Internet Report, 70.9 percent of 2002 Internet buyers said they sometimes or often look online for products and then buy in stores.

  • Online Publishers Association (OPA) reported in September 2003 that 68% of voters who use the Internet are likely to research a candidate's position online.

  • According to Forrester Research, Inc., online retail will grow at a steady 19 percent year-over-year growth rate, from $95.7 billion in 2003 to $229.9 billion in 2008.

  • eMarketer reports that worldwide B2B e-commerce revenues are expected to reach $1.41 trillion in 2003, with the US share accounting for over one-half of that total at $721 billion.