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 Future of Truth and Misinformation Online

    • October 19, 2017

    Experts are split on whether the coming years will see less misinformation online. Those who foresee improvement hope for technological and societal solutions. Others say bad actors using technology can exploit human vulnerabilities. Read More

  • Automation in Everyday Life

    • October 4, 2017

    Although Americans expect certain positive outcomes from developments in automation, they are worried and concerned about the implications of these technologies for society as a whole. Read More

  • How People Approach Facts and Information

    • September 11, 2017

    People deal in varying ways with tensions about what information to trust and how much they want to learn. Some are interested and engaged with information; others are wary and stressed. Read More

  • The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade

    • August 10, 2017

    Many experts say lack of trust won't hinder increased public reliance on the internet. Some expect trust to grow as tech and regulatory changes arise; others think it will worsen or maybe change entirely. Read More

  • Online Harassment 2017

    • July 11, 2017

    Roughly four-in-ten Americans have personally experienced online harassment, and 62% consider it a major problem. Read More