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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  • AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs

    • August 6, 2014

    Experts envision automation and intelligent digital agents permeating vast areas of our work and personal lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether these advances will displace more jobs than they create. Read More

  • Net Threats

    • July 3, 2014

    Tech experts hope the open structure of the Internet will prevail in the coming decade; but they anticipate battles to preserve relatively unhindered connectivity. Read More

  • The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025

    • May 14, 2014

    Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. Read More

  • Heartbleed’s Impact

    • April 30, 2014

    39% of internet users have changed passwords or canceled accounts; 6% think their personal information was swiped. Read More

  • U.S. Views of Technology and the Future

    • April 17, 2014

    Americans are largely optimistic about the long-term future of scientific progress, but concerned about some changes that might occur in the near future. Read More