America is using search engines more and more, a new report reveals.

Research made available by PEW Internet and American Life Project, and undertaken by senior research fellow Deborah Fallows, highlights that the use of such portals has reached a new high.

It shows 49 per cent of consumers now use search engines on a normal day.

"With this increase, the number of those using a search engine on a typical day is pulling ever closer to the 60 per cent of internet users who use email … on a typical day," Ms Fallows explains.

Earlier this year, research conducted by comScore revealed in May alone US consumers made 10.8 billion searches, a two per cent increase on the previous year.

Of those searches, more than six in ten were made through Google of a Google property.

The analysis showed the Yahoo! search engine was the second most popular, followed by Microsoft and then AOL.