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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  • 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

  • Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

    • October 9, 2014

    Experts foresee changes across all aspects of life as digital connectivity advances. They predict hyper-personalized interactions, 3D holograms, immersive virtual reality and a deepening dependency upon machines as we navigate our lives. Read More

  • Younger Americans and Public Libraries

    • September 10, 2014

    How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lives and communities Read More

  • Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

    • August 26, 2014

    Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms did not provide new outlets for the discussion of the Snowden-NSA revelations. People who thought their social media friends disagreed with them were less likely to discuss the issues in person and online. Read More