Looks like Microsoft was right with its $8.5 billion purchase of Skype.
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reports this week that 24 percent of American adult Internet users have placed phone calls online.
That’s 19 percent of all American adults.
On any given day, the Pew says, 5 percent of Internet users are going online to make phone calls.
In 2007, the Pew found that 8 percent of Internet users (6 percent of all adults) had placed calls online, and 2 percent of Internet users were making calls on any one day, according to Project Director Lee Rainie.
Among Internet users, those ages 18-29 were most likely to have made calls online, with those over 65 the least likely.
Mining the data for ethnic usage, Hispanics were more likely than others to have placed calls online.
People with incomes over $75,000 were more likely than others to have placed calls online, as were those with a college education and those living in suburban areas.