In 1997, 18 percent of U.S. households has Internet access, but by 2012 that figure had reached almost 75 percent, data from the bureau's Current Population Survey released Monday indicate.
Households with a computer in the home jumped from 8.2 percent in 1984 to 78.9 percent in 2012, the survey shows.
In 1984, 59 percent of home computer users were learning on a Commodore 64, that year's most popular home computer.
It came equipped with 54 kilobytes of random access memory compared with a current iPhone, which has 16,000 times the RAM.
In 2012 94.8 percent of households with a computer used it to connect to the Internet.
The survey also looked at smartphone usage in 2012, finding 37.7 percent of owners used them to send email; 36.8 percent browsed the Web, 29.6 percent used a mapping app; 28.1 percent said they regularly downloaded apps; 26.2 percent connected to social media on their phone; 25.1 percent listened to music and 21.7 percent played games on their phones.