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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  • The New Food Fights: U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science

    • December 1, 2016

    Differing views on benefits and risks of organic foods and GMOs as Americans report higher priority for healthy eating Read More

  • Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing

    • November 17, 2016

    24% of Americans report earning money from the digital ‘platform economy’ in the past year. The extra income they make is a luxury for some, but a necessity for others. Read More

  • Social Media Update 2016

    • November 11, 2016

    The share of Americans who use Facebook is on the rise: 79% of online adults use the platform, more than double the share that uses Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn. Read More

  • The Political Environment on Social Media

    • October 25, 2016

    Some Americans enjoy the opportunities for political debate and engagement that social media facilitates, but many more express resignation, frustration over the tone and content of social platforms. Read More

  • The Politics of Climate

    • October 4, 2016

    Americans are polarized over the causes and cures of climate change and how much they trust climate scientists, but most support a role for scientists in climate policy and expanding solar and wind energy. Read More