Online Activities and Pursuits

The Pew Internet & American Life Project studies what people do online — as they look for information, communicate with others, make transactions and entertain themselves. Data about online activities are gathered through public opinion polling, online surveys and other research methods.

Recent topics explored by the Pew Internet & American Life Project include the role of the Internet in major life events such as illness, career change or education; the frequency of free music downloads; use of the online consumer-generated encyclopedia site Wikipedia; and the ways in which Americans use Internet search engines. The knowledge gained through these studies aids journalists, academic scholars and the public in better understanding online behavior and the ways that the Internet is changing American life.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a Pew subsidiary based in Washington, D.C. For more information about online activities and pursuits, visit the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site


  • Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters

    Feb 20, 2014 - Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets.

  • 51% of U.S. Adults Bank Online

    Aug 07, 2013 - Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults, or 61% of internet users, bank online. Thirty-two percent of U.S. adults, or 35% of cell phone owners, bank using their mobile phones.

  • Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

    May 21, 2013 - While teens share a wide range of information about themselves on social media sites, they also take steps to manage their privacy.

  • 13% Have Accessed Library Services By Mobile Device

    Jan 07, 2013 - Those who are most likely to have connected to a library site include parents of minor children, women, and those with at least some college education.

  • Parents Concerned About Teens' Online Activities and Privacy

    Nov 20, 2012 - Most parents of teenagers are concerned about what their teenage children do online and how their behavior could be monitored by others.

  • In Digital Age, Young Americans Keep Reading, in Print and e-Book Forms

    Oct 23, 2012 - The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project reports that more than eight-in-ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library.

  • The Rise of the “Connected Viewer”

    Jul 17, 2012 - Television's solitary screen is being supplemented by multi-screen interactivity. Half of all adult cell owners (52%) have used their phones recently for engagement, diversion, or interaction with other people while watching TV.

  • Cell Phone Internet Use 2012

    Jun 26, 2012 - Some 17% of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device. Most do so for convenience, but for some their phone is their only option for online access.

  • Libraries, Patrons, and E-books

    Jun 22, 2012 - According to the latest report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 12% of e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from a library. Those who use libraries are pretty heavy readers, but most are not aware they can borrow e-books.

  • Older Adults and Internet Use

    Jun 06, 2012 - As of April, 53% of American adults age 65 and older said they used the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, this represent the first time that half of seniors are going online. After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant.

  • Twitter Use 2012

    May 31, 2012 - While the overall number of adults with Twitter accounts remains steady, the proportion of online adults who say they use Twitter on a "typical day" has doubled since May 2011 and has quadrupled since late 2010. The rise of smartphones might account for some of the increase because smartphone users are particularly likely to be using Twitter.

  • Networked: The New Social Operating System

    May 30, 2012 - Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, has written a book with sociologist Barry Wellman showing how the large, loosely knit social circles of networked individuals expand opportunities for learning, problem solving, decision making and personal interaction. This new system of "networked individualism" offers some advantages in liberating people from the restrictions of tightly knit groups.

  • Interactive Gaming on the Rise

    May 18, 2012 - According to survey results from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, interactive games that reward participants with points, badges, and discounts are on the rise. Experts believe they will spread widely to key areas, such as education and health, while others worry about a darker side.

  • Facebook: A Profile of Its 'Friends'

    May 16, 2012 - For years, the Pew Internet & American Life Project has been polling people who use social media to explore how they use it and what they get out of it. The results paint a portrait of what kind of people use sites such as Facebook, who they connected and how they manage their privacy.

  • Three-Quarters of Smartphone Owners Use Location-Based Services

    May 11, 2012 - Nearly three-fourths (74%) of smartphone users use their phones to obtain real-time, location-based information and almost one-in-five use geosocial services such as Foursquare. The overall portion of adults who get location-based information has almost doubled in less than a one-year period.

  • Teens & Online Video

    May 03, 2012 - Online teens use video most to chat with others using applications such as Skype, Google Talk or iChat. Recording and uploading videos to the internet is the second most popular activity. Fewer teens stream live video for others to watch. Social media users are much more likely to engage in all three video behaviors.

  • The Future of Money in a Mobile Age

    Apr 17, 2012 - Within the next decade, smart-device swiping will have gained mainstream acceptance as a method of payment and could largely replace cash and credit cards for most online and in-store purchases, according to a new survey of technology experts and stakeholders by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The experts also think credit cards and cash will survive among older adults and among those who have security concerns and a desire for anonymity.

  • The Future of Apps and Web

    Mar 23, 2012 - A majority of technology experts generally believe the mobile revolution, the popularity of targeted apps, the monetization of online products and services, and innovations in cloud computing will drive Web evolution and make it stronger than ever in users' lives. Fewer of them hold the view that apps -- with their ease of use and quality assurance -- will make them, and not the open web, the dominant factor in peoples' online lives.

  • The Viral Kony 2012 Video

    Mar 15, 2012 - Young adults ages 18 to 29 were much more likely than older adults to have heard about -- and watched -- the 30-minute video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony that went viral last week on YouTube. More young adults heard about the video through Twitter, Facebook or other internet sources than from traditional media such as television, newspapers and radio.

  • Social Networking Users Find Surprises About Friends' Politics

    Mar 12, 2012 - According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, nearly four-in-ten users of social networking sites have discovered through the postings of friends that their views were different than they thought. Three-quarters of social network users say their friends post at least some content related to politics on the sites from time to time. A small percentage of users have blocked or unfriended someone on the site because their postings were too frequent or offensive.

  • Search Engine Use 2012

    Mar 09, 2012 - Even though online Americans are more satisfied than ever with the performance of search engines, strong majorities have negative views of information about their searches being used to personalize results and target ads.

  • Millennials Will Benefit and Suffer Due to Hyperconnected Lives

    Feb 29, 2012 - While experts see many young people becoming nimble analysts and decision-makers because of their embrace of the networked world, they also warn that some teens and young adults will lack a deep engagement with people and knowledge by being hyperconnected.

  • Privacy Management on Social Media Sites

    Feb 24, 2012 - As the increasing use of social media raises questions and concerns about privacy, a new study finds that most users choose restricted privacy settings for their profiles and that unfriending people and "pruning" content is on the rise.

  • The Tone of Life on Social Networking Sites

    Feb 09, 2012 - The overwhelming majority of adult users of social networking sites say that people are mostly kind in these spaces. This view is even more positive than the assessment offered by teen users. However, when bad behavior is encountered, adults are more likely than teens to stand back and ignore it.

  • Why Most Facebook Users Get More Than They Give

    Feb 03, 2012 - A report by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that most Facebook users receive more attention from friends on Facebook than they give back when it comes to activities such as pressing the "like" button, trading messages, or tagging people in photos. The main reason is a segment of "power users" who contribute much more than the typical user does.

  • Cell Phones Assist with In-Store Shopping

    Jan 30, 2012 - According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, more than half of adult cell phone owners used their cell phones while they were in a store during the 2011 holiday season to seek help with purchasing decisions, check product reviews, or compare prices.

  • The Civic and Community Engagement of Religiously Active Americans

    Dec 23, 2011 - Religiously active Americans are more tied to many civic and other organizations than non-religious Americans. Many report that their use of technology helps them in their group activities.

  • Twitter and the Campaign: A Different Tone from Other Media

    Dec 08, 2011 - The political conversation on Twitter is markedly different than that on blogs -- and both are decidedly different than the political narrative presented by the mainstream press, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. The study analyzed more than 20 million tweets, the online conversation and traditional news coverage.

  • The Internet as a Diversion and Destination

    Dec 02, 2011 - Americans are increasingly going online just to have fun and pass the time. This is particularly true of adults under 30.

  • Why Americans Use Social Media

    Nov 15, 2011 - Two-thirds of online adults (66%) use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn. These internet users say that connections with family members and friends (both new and old) are a primary consideration in their adoption of social media tools.

  • Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites

    Nov 09, 2011 - Social media use has become so pervasive in the lives of American teens that having a presence on a social network site is almost synonymous with being online. Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites. Many log on daily to their social network pages and these have become spaces where much of the social activity of teen life is echoed and amplified—in both good and bad ways.

  • Half of Adult Cell Phone Owners Have Apps on Their Phones

    Nov 02, 2011 - The share of adult cell phone owners who have downloaded an app to their phone nearly doubled in the past two years – rising from 22% in September 2009 to 38% in August 2011 – according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

  • How People Learn About Their Local Community

    Sep 26, 2011 - Traditional research has suggested that Americans watch local TV news more than any other local information source. But a new report by the Pew Research Center, in association with the Knight Foundation, offers a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the ecosystem of community information.

  • Sixty-Five Percent of Online Adults Use Social Networking Sites

    Aug 26, 2011 - Two-thirds of adult internet users now say they use a social networking site like MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn, up from 61% one year ago, and most describe their experiences in positive terms.

  • Search and Email Still the Most Popular Online Activities

    Aug 09, 2011 - As they have done for nearly a decade, email and search form the core of online communication and online information gathering, respectively, even as new platforms, broadband and mobile devices continue to reshape the way Americans use the internet.

  • Seventy-One Percent of Online Adults Now Use Video-Sharing Sites

    Jul 26, 2011 - Rural internet users are now just as likely as users in urban and suburban areas to have used video-sharing sites, and online African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than internet-using whites to visit video-sharing sites.

  • E-reader Ownership Doubles in Six Months

    Jun 27, 2011 - According to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the share of U.S. adults who own an e-book reader doubled from 6% in November 2010 to 12% in May 2011. Adoption of portable tablet computers has grown more slowly.

  • Social Networking Sites and Our Lives

    Jun 16, 2011 - Findings from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project show that nearly half of adults now use social networking sites--double the number of users in 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, the average age of adult social network users rose from 33 to 38. 

  • Research Shows That Thirteen Percent of Online Adults Use Twitter

    Jun 01, 2011 - Currently, 13% of online adults use the status update service Twitter, up from 8% in November 2010. More than half of Twitter users tweet from their cell phones.

  • Internet Phone Calls

    May 31, 2011 - After years of modest activity, online phone calling has taken off as a quarter of American adult internet users (24%) have placed phone calls online. That amounts to 19% of all American adults.

  • The Social Life of Health Information, 2011

    May 12, 2011 - The online conversation about health is being driven forward by two forces: 1) the availability of social tools and 2) the motivation, especially among people living with chronic conditions, to connect with each other.        

  • The Internet and Campaign 2010

    Mar 17, 2011 - More than half of U.S. adults used the internet for political purposes in the last cycle, far surpassing the 2006 midterm contest. Views are mixed: the internet enables extremism, but helps the like-minded connect; it provides diverse sources, but makes it harder to find truthful ones.

  • Latinos and Digital Technology

    Feb 09, 2011 - According to survey findings from the Pew Hispanic Center, Latinos are less likely than whites to access the internet, have a home broadband connection or own a cell phone.

  • Generations and Gadgets

    Feb 03, 2011 - While many tech devices have become popular across generations, Millennials are by far the most likely group not only to own most gadgets, but also to take advantage of a wider range of functions on those devices.

  • 22% of Online Americans Used Social Networking or Twitter for Politics in 2010 Campaign

    Jan 27, 2011 - More than one-in-five online Americans engaged with the midterm elections on Twitter or social networking sites; Republicans -- especially Tea Party advocates -- caught up with Democrats in social media use.

  • The Social Side of the Internet

    Jan 18, 2011 - The internet is having a wide-ranging impact on Americans' engagement with civic, social and religious groups, as organizations use digital tools -- such as Facebook and Twitter -- to bind themselves together and pursue goals.  

  • Sixty-Five Percent of Internet Users Have Paid for Online Content

    Dec 30, 2010 - Sixty-five percent of internet users have paid to access or download some kind of digital content. Music and software are the most common kinds of content purchased.    

  • Global Publics Embrace Social Networking

    Dec 16, 2010 -  A 22-nation survey released by the Pew Research Center, finds that around the world -- and in countries with varying levels of economic development -- people who use the internet are using it for social networking.

  • Who Tweets?

    Dec 09, 2010 - "Who Tweets?" is the first-ever survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that exclusively examines Twitter users.

  • Use of the Internet in Higher-Income Households

    Nov 24, 2010 - Those in households earning over $75,000 are different from other Americans in their tech ownership and use.

  • Four Percent of Online Americans Use Location-Based Services

    Nov 04, 2010 - Four percent of online adults use a location-based service such as Foursquare or Gowalla that allows them to share their location with friends and to find others who are nearby.

  • Mobile Health 2010

    Oct 19, 2010 - The online health-information environment is going mobile. 17% of cell phone users have used their phone to look up health or medical information and 9% have software applications or "apps" on their phones that help them track or manage their health.

  • Americans and Their Gadgets

    Oct 14, 2010 - In recent years the digital world has expanded far beyond the desktop, and consumers can now choose from an array of devices capable of satisfying their need for “anytime, anywhere” access to news, information, friends and entertainment.

  • Video Calling and Video Chat

    Oct 13, 2010 - Almost a fifth of American adults – 19% – have tried video calling either online or via their cell phones. These figures translate into 23% of internet users and 7% of cell phone owners who have participated in video calls, chats, or teleconferences.

  • Online Product Research

    Sep 29, 2010 - 58% of Americans have researched a product or service online; 24% have posted comments or reviews online about the things they buy.

  • The Rise of Apps Culture

    Sep 14, 2010 - 35% of U.S. adults have cell phones with apps, but only 24% of adults actually use them. Apps users are younger, more educated, and more affluent than other cell phone users. 

  • Cell Phones and American Adults

    Sep 02, 2010 - Adults make just as many calls, but text less often than teens. Americans say their mobile phones make them feel safer and more connected, but are irritated by cell intrusions and rudeness by other users.  

  • Older Adults and Social Media

    Aug 27, 2010 - Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled—from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010 according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

  • Millennials Will Make Online Sharing in Networks a Lifelong Habit

    Jul 09, 2010 -  Tech experts generally believe that today’s tech-savvy young people will retain their willingness to share personal information online even as they get older and take on more responsibilities.

  • The Future of Cloud Computing

    Jun 11, 2010 -  Technology experts and stakeholders say they expect they will ‘live mostly in the cloud’ in 2020 and not on the desktop, working mostly through cyberspace-based applications accessed through networked devices.

  • The State of Online Video

    Jun 03, 2010 - 69% of online adults have used the internet to watch or download video, with 18-29 year-olds leading the way. Comedy has supplanted news as the most viewed type of video online.

  • Reputation Management and Social Media

    May 26, 2010 -  Reputation management has now become a defining feature of online life for many internet users, especially the young. While some internet users are careful to project themselves online in a way that suits specific audiences, other internet users embrace an open approach to sharing information about themselves and do not take steps to restrict what they share.

  • Teens and Mobile Phones

    Apr 20, 2010 - Text messaging explodes as teens embrace it as the centerpiece of their communication strategies with friends.  

  • Chronic Disease and the Internet

    Mar 24, 2010 - Americans living with a chronic disease are significantly less likely than healthy adults to have Internet access. The majority are online, however, and they are more likely to share what they know and to learn from their peers, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and the California HealthCare Foundation.

  • Understanding the Participatory News Consumer

    Mar 01, 2010 - An overwhelming majority of Americans get their news from multiple news platforms. Which media sectors do people in the U.S rely on most? How has the Internet and mobile technology changed the way people consume news? A Pew Research Center survey examines how Internet and cell phone users have transformed news into a social experience.

  • Social Media and Young Adults

    Feb 03, 2010 - The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that while the overall Internet population expanded continuously over the past decade, Millennials continue to be the most likely age group to go online (93% now use the Internet). However, their use of blogs, Twitter and social networking sites has changed in recent years.

  • Internet, Broadband, and Cell Phone Statistics

    Jan 05, 2010 - As of December 2009, 74% of American adults (ages 18 and older) use the Internet.

  • Teens and Sexting

    Dec 15, 2009 - As texting has become a centerpiece in teen social life, parents, educators and advocates have grown increasingly concerned about the role of cell phones in the sexual lives of teens and young adults.

  • Teens and Distracted Driving

    Nov 16, 2009 - A new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds 43% of older teens have talked on cell phones and a quarter have sent text messages while driving. Nearly half of all teens have been in a car whose driver was texting. 

  • Social Isolation and New Technology

    Nov 04, 2009 - A new study by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project challenges previous research which suggested that new digital technologies such as the Internet were increasing social isolation.

  • Twitter and Status Updating, Fall 2009

    Oct 21, 2009 - Some 19% of Internet users now say they use Twitter or another service to share updates about themselves, or to see updates about others, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.   

  • The Internet as a Diversion

    Sep 10, 2009 - According to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, three-quarters of online economic users go online to relax and take their minds off of the recession. Fully 88% of 18-29 year old online economic users look to the internet to relax.    

  • Report: The Internet and Civic Engagement

    Sep 01, 2009 - Political and civic involvement have long been dominated by those with high levels of income and education, leading some advocates to hope that Internet-based engagement might alter this pattern. However, a new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that the Internet is not changing the fundamental socio-economic character of civic engagement in America.

  • Audience for Video-Sharing Sites Soars

    Jul 29, 2009 - According to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, adults who have visited an online-video site have nearly doubled since 2006, outpacing other online pastimes such as networking, downloading podcasts and tweeting.

  • Wireless Internet Use

    Jul 22, 2009 - The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that 56% of adult Americans have accessed the internet by wireless means, such as using a laptop, mobile device, game console, or MP3 player. The most prevalent way people get online using a wireless network is with a laptop computer.

  • The Internet and the Recession

    Jul 15, 2009 - According to the latest report by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, more than two-thirds of Americans search the Internet for financial information, most looking for good deals and job opportunities. Those made more anxious by what they learned outnumber those made more confident.

  • The State of Music Online: Ten Years After Napster

    Jun 15, 2009 - In the decade since Napster’s launch, selling recorded music has become as much of an art as making the music itself.

  • The Social Life of Online Health Information

    Jun 11, 2009 - While most Americans still turn to a doctor, a growing number is going online for medical issues, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Fully 61% have used the internet for health info—up from 25% in 2000—and most report positive experiences. More adults are also turning to the Web for fitness and exercise information as well.

  • Online Classifieds Climb

    May 22, 2009 - The number of online adults to use classified ads websites, such as Craigslist, more than doubled from 2005 to 2009.

  • The Mobile Difference

    Mar 25, 2009 - Wireless connectivity has drawn many users more deeply into digital life.

  • Twitter and Status Updating

    Feb 12, 2009 - About one-in-ten online adults now use Twitter or a similar 'micro-blogging' service that allows them to share updates about themselves or to see the updates of others.

  • Generations Online in 2009

    Jan 28, 2009 - Contrary to the image of Generation Y as the "Net Generation," Internet users in their 20s do not dominate every aspect of online life. Gen X is the most likely to shop, bank and look for health info online. And larger percentages of older generations are doing many more activities online, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project surveys.

  • Social Networks Grow: Friending Mom and Dad

    Jan 14, 2009 - The share of adult Internet users who have a profile on a social networking site has more than quadrupled in the past four years, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project's latest survey.

  • Adults and Video Games

    Dec 07, 2008 - Over half of American adults play video games, and four out of five young adults play. Among adults, computers are the most popular gaming device, but among young adults gaming consoles are preferred. Virtual worlds only draw a small crowd.

  • When Technology Fails

    Nov 14, 2008 - Forty-eight percent of technology users need help from others with new devices, and many tech users encounter problems with their Internet connections, home computers or cell phones. As gadgets become more important to people, their patience wears thin when things break.

  • Networked Workers

    Sep 24, 2008 - More than six in ten workers now use the internet or email on the job, but many find technology a mixed blessing.

  • Teens, Video Games and Civics

    Sep 16, 2008 - The first national survey of its kind finds that virtually all American teens play computer, console, or cell phone games and that the gaming experience is rich and varied, with a significant amount of social interaction and potential for civic engagement.

  • Podcasts Proliferate, But Are Not Mainstream

    Aug 28, 2008 - Nearly one in five internet users (19%) has downloaded a podcast to listen to or view later -- up from 12% in 2006. But podcasting has yet to become a fixture in the everyday lives of internet users, as very few download podcasts on a typical day.

  • Search Engine Use

    Aug 06, 2008 - Almost half of all internet users now use search engines on a typical day.

  • The Internet and Consumer Choice

    May 18, 2008 - Pew Internet Project study finds that going online helps people sort through product choices, but it is not the place where people usually close the deal for housing, cell phones or even music.

  • Seeding The Cloud: What Mobile Access Means for Usage Patterns and Online Content

    Mar 05, 2008 - Groups that have trailed in "traditional" internet access are in a better position to shape cyberspace as wireless devices make it more accessible.

  • Info on the Go: Mobile Access to Data and Information

    Mar 05, 2008 - Sixty-two percent of all Americans are part of a wireless, mobile population that participates in digital activities away from home or work. Not only are young people attuned to this kind of access, African Americans and English-speaking Latinos are more likely than white Americans to use non-voice data applications on their cell phones.  

  • Online Shopping: Convenient but Risky

    Feb 13, 2008 - The Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that two-thirds (66%) of online Americans have purchased a product online, but many worry about the safety of financial and personal data.

  • Online Video Audience Surges

    Jan 09, 2008 - A new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds a sharp rise in the number of viewers of YouTube and other internet video sites over the past year. Nearly half of online adults now say they have visited such sites.  And, on a typical day at the end of 2007, the share of internet users visiting video sites was nearly twice as large as it had been at the end of 2006.

  • Information Searches That Solve Problems

    Dec 30, 2007 - Report examines at how people use the Internet, libraries and government agencies when they need help.

  • Teens and Social Media

    Dec 19, 2007 - The use of social media gains a greater foothold in teen life as they embrace the conversational nature of interactive online media.

  • Digital Footprints: Online Identity Management and Search in the Age of Transparency

    Dec 16, 2007 - Unlike footprints left in the sand, our online data trails often stick around long after the tide has gone out. And Internet users have become more aware of information that remains connected to their name online.

  • Parents, Teens and Technology

    Oct 24, 2007 - A report on Internet use by teens and their parents.

  • Teens and Online Stranger Contact

    Oct 15, 2007 - Report finds teens who create social networking profiles or post photos online are more likely to be contacted online by people they do not know, and girls are more likely than boys to have unwanted encounters online.

  • Uploading Democracy: Candidates Field YouTube Questions

    Jul 26, 2007 - Analysis of the Democratic debate, which was widely anticipated for its groundbreaking format. For the first time, individuals could submit video questions via YouTube to be shown on-screen and answered by the candidates.

  • Pew Internet Examines Social Networking (Spring 2007 Trust Magazine Briefing)

    May 01, 2007 - The Pew Internet and American Life projected examines many new online trends, including social networking.

  • Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks: How Teens Manage Their Online Identities and Personal Information in the Age of MySpace

    Apr 18, 2007 - Report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project examines how teens, particularly those with profiles online, make decisions about disclosing or shielding personal information.

  • Social Networking Web sites and Teens

    Jan 08, 2007 - Pew Internet & American Life Project finds more than half of all youths online visit social networking Web sites.

  • Pew Internet and American Life Project Releases Major Study of Bloggers (Fall 2006 Trust magazine briefing)

    Nov 21, 2006 - Fall 2006 Trust magazine briefing on a Pew Internet study that finds bloggers are writing about personal experiences.

  • The Internet as a Resource for News and Information about Science

    Nov 20, 2006 - Report finds the Internet is used as a research tool by nearly 90% of adult Internet users and as a primary source for science news and information for 40 million Americans.

  • Bloggers: A Portrait of the Internet's New Storytellers

    Jul 19, 2006 - Survey finds that blogging has inspired a new group of writers and creators to share their voices with the world.

  • Online Dating: Still Popular, Some Concern Over Safety

    Mar 06, 2006 - Pew Internet takes a closer look at online dating.

  • On Any Given Day, About 40 Million Internet Users Go Online Just For Fun

    Feb 15, 2006 - Survey of what Internet users are doing online -- some are just "hanging out."

  • Using What We Know: Knowledge Management at the Trusts (Winter 2005-2006 Trust Magazine article)

    Feb 01, 2006 - Use what you know. It’s a seemingly obvious point. But in an institution with scores of employees, multiple areas of focus and more than 50 years of grantmaking, how can we keep track of all that we know so that the accumulated knowledge is fully at our disposal?

  • Online Activities: Seventeen Percent Of Internet Users Have Sold Something Online

    Nov 28, 2005 - Pew Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with ComScore Media Metrix, found that some 17 percent of online American adults have sold items online.

  • Teens Forge Forward With The Internet And Other New Technologies

    Jul 29, 2005 - Pew Internet & American Life issues findings on the behavior of teenagers using the Internet.

  • Online Sports Fantasy Leagues

    Jun 20, 2005 - Data memo describes the statistics on sports fantasy leagues online.

  • Podcasting Catches On

    Apr 05, 2005 - As iPod use expands, so does a new medium of Internet "broadcasts" called "podcasting."

  • The State of Online Banking 2005

    Feb 10, 2005 - 2005 report finds online banking increased 47 percent in two years.

  • Virtual Tours

    Dec 30, 2004 - A data memo from the Pew Internet & American Life Project on the number of Americans who use the Internet for virtual tours.

  • 33 Million American Internet Users Have Rated Something Online

    Oct 20, 2004 - A data memo finds that a substantial number of Internet users exploit the two-way communication feature of the Internet through online ratings systems.

  • Before You Get Burned (Summer 2004 Trust Magazine article)

    Sep 30, 2004 - Conducting Internet transactions carries some risks, not always fully understood. Consumer WebWatch is helping buyers be aware.

  • No Clear Winner in Online Battle For Cheapest International Airfares

    Sep 22, 2004 - Report on online airfare pricing for international travel.

  • How Americans Use Instant Messaging

    Sep 01, 2004 - A Pew Internet & American Life survey finds that more than four in ten online Americans instant message (IM).

  • The Internet and Daily Life

    Aug 12, 2004 - A report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds that many Americans use the Internet in everyday activities, but traditional offline habits still dominate.

  • The State of Music Downloading and File-Sharing Online

    Apr 25, 2004 - Study finds the number of American Internet users who say they download music or share files online has increased slightly, but continues to sag well below peak levels.

  • Content Creation Online

    Feb 29, 2004 - A March 2003 phone survey finds that more than 53 million American adults have used the Internet to publish their thoughts, respond to others, post pictures, share files and otherwise contribute to the explosion of content available online.

  • The Impact of Recording Industry Suits Against Music File Swappers

    Jan 04, 2004 - A memo from the Pew Internet & American Life Project on the Recording Industry Association of America's lawsuits against those suspected of copyright infringement.  

  • The Virtual Trail: Political Journalism on the Internet

    Oct 01, 2002 - A new command of information born of the Internet is the dominant theme found in interviews with political journalists for this report. Whether it is the flow of political news, the latest polls or the conflicting comments of a candidate, information is now one click away.

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