It makes me sad to admit this, but I must confess I have paid for online content. You probably have too if you you are among the 65 percent of Internet users who admitted to paying for online content in a new study from the  Pew Internet & the American Life Project.

For this survey Pew defined online content as  “intangible digital products such as software, articles, and music that need not have a physical form.” Some of my highlights of what we’ve paid for include.

  • 33% of internet users have paid for digital music online
  • 19% have paid for digital games
  • 18% have paid for digital newspaper, magazine, or journal articles or reports
  • 16% have paid for videos, movies, or TV shows
  • 11% have paid for members-only premium content from a website that has other free material on it
  • 10% have paid for e-books
  • 7% have paid for podcasts
  • 5% have paid for tools or materials to use in video or computer games
  • 5% have paid for “cheats or codes” to help them in video games

Although I am a proponent of all information wants to be free philosophy, I must admit I’ve paid for ebooks, music, apps and even web site access (for my kids, not for me). So what kind of online content have you paid for?

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