As recently as 1995, 42 percent of American adults said they had never heard of the Internet.  Today, use of the Internet is pervasive at home, work, and on mobile devices.  It is a primary source of news, information, entertainment, and social interaction.  To understand its evolution, Pew conducts surveys and qualitative research that tracks and analyzes how Americans use digital technology, and the ways in which online activity affects their families, communities, health, educational pursuits, politics, and workplace activities.

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  • What Internet Users Know about Technology and the Web

    • November 25, 2014

    Three-quarters of online Americans know which is bigger, a megabyte or a kilobyte, but only 9% are able to correctly identify the first widely popular graphical web browser. How much do you know about the web and digital technology? Read More

  • Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era

    • November 12, 2014

    A majority of Americans feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality. Read More

  • Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014

    • November 3, 2014

    28% of registered voters use their cell phone to follow political news, and 16% follow political figures on social media. Read More

  • Cyber Attacks Likely to Increase

    • October 29, 2014

    Experts believe nations, rogue groups, and malicious individuals will step up their assaults on communications networks, targeting institutions, financial services agencies, utilities, and consumers over the next decade. Many also predict effective counter moves will generally contain the damage. Read More

  • Online Harassment

    • October 22, 2014

    40% of internet users have personally experienced online harassment, from the mild to the severe; 73% have witnessed it happen to others. Read More