Less than 20 years ago, the Internet was the private playground of the technically inclined. Then the coding language of HTML was created, “enabling a never ending, hyperlinked cyberworld where sharing unlimited data is user-friendly through the magic of linked pages,” Plunkett Research Ltd. Reports.

Now an estimated 75% of American adults surf the Internet.

The National Multi Housing Council just announced the Internet is the primary tool consumers use to find apartments. Here’s what else they do online.

What American Adults Do Online

Send or read e-mail

92

Use a search engine to find information

91

Search for a map or driving directions

86

Look for info on a hobby or interest

83

Look for health/medical info1

80

Look for information online about a service or product

81

Check the weather

78

Get travel info

73

Get news

71

Buy a product

66

Visit a local, state or federal government website*

66

Buy or make a reservation for travel

64

Surf the Web for fun

62

Go to a website that provides info or support for a specific medical condition or personal situation

58

Research for school or training

57

Watch a video clip or listen to an audio clip

56

Look for how-to, do-it-yourself or repair information

55

Look up phone number or address

54

Do any banking online

53

Take a virtual tour of a location online

51

Do any type of research for your job

51

Watch a video on a video-sharing site like YouTube or Google Video

48

Look online for news or information about politics or the upcoming campaigns*

47

Look online for info about a job*

46

Get sports scores and info online*

45

Get info online about a college, university or other school you or a family member might attend

45

Download other files such as games, videos, or pictures

42

Get financial info online, such as stock quotes or mortgage interest rates

41

Send instant messages

39

Look for info about a place to live*

39

Read someone else’s online journal, web log or blog2

39

Download computer programs from the internet

39

Pay bills online

38

Download music files to your computer

37

Upload photos to a website so you can share them with others online

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