Study: Search engine use continues to surge

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Washington, D.C.—Search engine use has continued to surge this year, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and comScore Networks.

According to the study, 41% of 1,577 Internet users surveyed by Pew in September and October reported that they had visited a search engine the previous day.

When Pew conducted a similar survey in June 2004, 30% of Web users said they had done so.

Heavy use of search engines correlated with broadband connections: 70% of survey respondents who had broadband at home and work reported that they used a search engine the day before they were surveyed, compared with just 33% of those with dial-up connections.

—Matthew Schwartz

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