Most consumers still access the Internet mostly for email and search, according to a Gartner. Surprisingly, online banking placed third, followed by sharing photos, videos and files, geographic navigation like Google Earth, and online shopping. Gartner's findings generally held up across all regions, educational levels and income levels, with one major exception--13- to-18-year-olds. For this teenage demographic, email was again No.1, but it was followed by music downloading, search, sharing of photos, videos and files, and then instant messaging. Most importantly, Gartner noted, the teens had greater interest than other demographics in using the Internet to download music, do instant messaging, share media and files, watch TV or video, make friends and use social networks, play games, use chat rooms or message boards, blog and use online dating services.
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