The Internet and the Iraq War

The Internet and the Iraq War

According to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, record numbers of U.S. Internet users are going online to find news and communicate about the war in Iraq. In the first six days after the war began, the project and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press surveyed Americans about their views on the conflict and how they were keeping up with new developments. The Internet and the Iraq War (11 pages, PDF) reports that 77 percent of the nation's 116 million adult Internet users have used the Internet in connection with the war in Iraq. About 55 percent have used e-mail to communicate or learn about the war, and 56 percent have used the Web to get news, general information, and commentary, marking the first time since the project began its research in 2000 that more than half of online users are accessing news on any given day.