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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  • Social Media and the Workplace

    • June 22, 2016

    Workers turn to social media for a range of reasons while at work, with taking a mental break and connecting with friends and family being among the most common. Read More

  • Shared, Collaborative and On Demand: The New Digital Economy

    • May 19, 2016

    The sharing economy and on-demand services are weaving their way into the lives of many Americans, raising difficult issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide. Read More

  • Libraries and Learning

    • April 7, 2016

    Most Americans think that local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families well. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide. Read More

  • Lifelong Learning and Technology

    • March 22, 2016

    A large majority of Americans seek extra knowledge for personal and work-related reasons. Digital technology plays a notable role in these knowledge pursuits, but place-based learning remains vital to many. Read More

  • Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation

    • March 10, 2016

    A majority of Americans predict that within 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work currently done by humans, but few expect their own jobs to experience substantial impacts. Read More