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 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

  • Digital Readiness Gaps

    • September 20, 2016

    Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online, and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge Read More

  • Libraries 2016

    • September 9, 2016

    Trends in visiting public libraries have steadied, and many Americans have high expectations for what their local libraries should offer Read More

  • Book Reading 2016

    • September 1, 2016

    A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats Read More

  • Social Media Conversations About Race

    • August 15, 2016

    How social media users see, share and discuss race and the rise of hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter Read More