Five facts about the growing demographics of the online world

  1. In 1989, fewer than 1 million Americans subscribed to all of the commercial online services (like CompuServe and Prodigy) combined.
  2. Today, Prodigy, one of America's largest online services, alone boasts more than 1.5 million subscribers. CompuServe claims 1.25 million, and America Online has more than 900,000. By comparison, the Internet, it is said, is used by 10 to 20 million people worldwide.
  3. In 1994, the number of people with an account any of the commercial online services will hit 5 million- -four million of those are on the "big three" of CompuServe, Prodigy and America Online. Those numbers are likely to double within the next four years.
  4. According to Link Resources' Annual Home Media Survey, 31 percent of U.S. households own personal computers and 39 percent of those folks have modems. 46 percent of modem users log onto online services.
  5. According to the CIA World Factbook, there are 258 million people in the United States. Let's see, that works out to about 80 million home computers and 31 million modems.

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