March 12th, 2009

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Mmmm, internet

Sorry about the 2002 stop-date - LJ won't let you have more than 20 entries in a scale.

The internet went mainstream in

Mean: 1997.08 Median: 1997 Std. Dev 2.49
0(0.0%)
1982
0(0.0%)
1983
0(0.0%)
1984
0(0.0%)
1985
0(0.0%)
1986
0(0.0%)
1987
0(0.0%)
1988
0(0.0%)
1989
1(1.7%)
1990
0(0.0%)
1991
0(0.0%)
1992
1(1.7%)
1993
0(0.0%)
1994
5(8.5%)
1995
8(13.6%)
1996
12(20.3%)
1997
5(8.5%)
1998
12(20.3%)
1999
4(6.8%)
2000
5(8.5%)
2001
4(6.8%)
2002
2(3.4%)

I started regularly using the internet in

Mean: 1993.46 Median: 1994 Std. Dev 3.93
0(0.0%)
1982
0(0.0%)
1983
0(0.0%)
1984
3(4.8%)
1985
1(1.6%)
1986
1(1.6%)
1987
1(1.6%)
1988
2(3.2%)
1989
2(3.2%)
1990
1(1.6%)
1991
3(4.8%)
1992
7(11.1%)
1993
8(12.7%)
1994
9(14.3%)
1995
4(6.3%)
1996
6(9.5%)
1997
6(9.5%)
1998
4(6.3%)
1999
4(6.3%)
2000
0(0.0%)
2001
1(1.6%)
2002
0(0.0%)
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Interesting how wrong you can be

In the poll this morning (UTC) the average year for the mainstreaming of the internet was 1996.  This also being the year I chose.

It looks very much like I was popular, and wrong.

a_pawson went digging through the ONS to see what the takeup figures were:

%age of households with internet acccess:

1998 - 9
1999 - 20
2000 - 34
2001 - 39
2002 - 45
2003 - 49
2004 - 51
2005 - 55
2006 - 57
2007 - 61
2008 - 65

Which means that even if you take 40% as mainstreaming you're not there until the end of 2001, _after_ the DotCom Bubble had burst.

Obviously, people were using it from offices before then, but even so, it looks like the wave rolled over the general public later than I thought.
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