Technology and Media Use

The Pew Internet & American Life Project develops and advances knowledge about the role of emerging technologies and media trends in society. The project’s researchers study the latest ways in which Web usage is changing daily life from cell phone use to broadband and wireless Internet access to forms of online expression such as blogs and podcasts. This information about technology is developed through public opinion polling, online surveys and other research methods.

Recent topics explored by the Pew Internet & American Life Project include the habits and styles of bloggers; the use of the Internet as a tool for gathering science news and information; trends regarding the downloading of podcasts; the use of social networking sites by teenagers; and usage trends and patterns for broadband Internet access. The data help the news media, academic researchers and others learn more about new types of online technology and media.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center which is funded by Pew and based in Washington, D.C. For more information about its research into Internet technology and media use, visit the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.


  • Older Adults and Technology Use

    Apr 03, 2014 - Six in ten seniors—59%—report using the internet. This is a six percentage point year-over-year increase from the 53% of older adults who went online at a similar point in 2012. Five years ago in May 2008, just 35% of older adults were internet users. However, usage rates among seniors still trail the population as a whole by a substantial margin, as some 86% of all U.S. adults now go online.

  • More Than Half of Americans Own a Smartphone

    Jun 05, 2013 - For the first time since the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project began systematically tracking smartphone adoption, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind.

  • 5 Facts About Tumblr

    May 20, 2013 - Yahoo! today confirmed that it’s buying 6-year-old blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. Who uses Tumblr? We consulted the recent report on social-media demographics from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project to find out.

  • 6-in-10 Users Report Taking a ‘Facebook vacation’

    Feb 06, 2013 - About 6-in-10 Facebook users report taking a break from the site and 20% say they no longer use the site at all.

  • Cell Phone Use: It's More Than About Just Making Calls

    Nov 25, 2012 - Fully 85% of American adults own a cell phone, and the devices have become a portal for an ever-growing list of activities. Taking photos and texting top the list.

  • Mobile Health Has Found Its Market In Smartphone Owners

    Nov 08, 2012 - A new Pew Research Center report finds over half of smartphone owners gather health information on their phones, compared with 6% of non-smartphone owners.

  • Mobile Health Has Found Its Market In Smartphone Owners

    Nov 08, 2012 - Pew Research reports over half of smartphone owners gather health information on their phones, compared with 6% of non-smartphone owners.

  • One-in-Five Registered Voters Talking About How They Voted on Social Media

    Nov 06, 2012 - Fully 22% of registered voters have told others how they voted on a social networking site, while 30% have been encouraged to vote for a candidate by family and friends and 20% have encouraged others to vote, the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds.

  • Over Half of Registered Voters Have Watched Political Videos Online

    Nov 02, 2012 - The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project reports some 66% of registered voters who use the internet—55% of all registered voters—have gone online this election season to watch videos related to the election campaign or political issues.

  • Internet Gains Most as Campaign News Source, But Cable TV Still Leads

    Oct 25, 2012 - Americans are following the presidential campaign more closely on nearly every news platform than they were earlier in the year, according to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • 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.

  • 4-in-10 Adults Use Social Networking to Engage in Political or Civil Activities(2)

    Oct 19, 2012 - The use of social media is becoming a feature of political and civic engagement for many Americans. A new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project examines who is more likely to use social media to express their views, react to others' postings, follow candidates and 'like' and share others' content.

  • 4-in-10 Adults Use Social Networking to Engage in Political or Civil Activities

    Oct 19, 2012 - The use of social media is becoming a feature of political and civic engagement for many Americans. A new Pew Research Center Internet & American Life report examines who is more likely to use social media to express their views, react to others' postings, follow candidates and 'like' and share others' content.

  • Majority of Americans Follow Olympic Games on TV, Online, Social Media

    Aug 06, 2012 - According to a new report from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, nearly eight in 10 Americans are following coverage of the Olympic Games in London. Seventy-three percent say they watched the games on television, 17% say they have watched online, and 12% say they have followed coverage on social media sites.

  • Most Mobile Phone Users Report Dropped or Unwanted Calls

    Aug 02, 2012 - Telemarketing calls and spam texts are realities for most cellphone users, according to a new survey. Smartphone owners are particularly likely to report dropped calls and slow download speeds.

  • The State of New Media and HIV

    Jul 24, 2012 - The 19th International AIDS Conference, held this week in Washington, DC, included a session entitled, "The State of New Media and HIV," hosted by My role on the panel was a familiar one – to present the Pew Internet Project’s latest research about mobile, social technologies and their impact on health and health care.

  • 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.

  • The Future of Smart Systems

    Jun 29, 2012 - According to the latest report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, experts think tech-enhanced homes, appliances, and utilities will spread by 2020, but many of the analysts believe we still won’t be living in the long-envisioned ‘Homes of the Future.’

  • 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.

  • Facebook IPO Not Selling on Social Media: How Twitter, Blogs and Facebook Reacted to the Facebook IPO

    May 21, 2012 - On Twitter especially, more people expressed views that the Internet company's stock was overhyped than highly valued. On Facebook, many people discussed CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as the founder also got married over the weekend.

  • 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.

  • Just-in-Time Information through Mobile Connections

    May 07, 2012 - Nearly 9-in-10 (86%) smartphone owners used their phone in the past month to make real-time queries in their daily lives. Men are more likely than women to use their phones to find information to settle an argument. Parents with kids are more likely to use their phone to decide whether to visit a local business, such as a restaurant.

  • 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.

  • Digital Differences: For Some Groups Disparities in Internet Use Remain

    Apr 13, 2012 - While the number of Americans who go online has increased substantially over the years, about one-in-five adults still do not use the internet. Differences in internet access exist among different demographic groups, especially when it comes to access to high-speed broadband at home. Age (being 65 or older), a lack of a high school education, and having a low household income are the strongest negative predictors for internet use.

  • 72% of Americans Follow Local News Closely

    Apr 12, 2012 - Nearly three quarters of Americans say they follow local news closely most of the time, whether or not something important is happening. These news enthusiasts are more wedded to their local newspapers than others. Yet, younger local news followers differ in some important ways, including less reliance on local papers -- a potential sign of changes to come in the local news environment.

  • The Rise of E-Reading

    Apr 05, 2012 - One-fifth of American adults  report that they have read an e-book in the past year. This number increased following a gift-giving season which saw a spike in ownership rates of both tablet computers and e-book reading devices, such as Kindles and Nooks. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than they have in the past and to show a preference for buying books rather than borrowing them.

  • 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.

  • Teens, Smartphones & Texting

    Mar 19, 2012 - The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the median teen text user. More than six-in-ten teens say they exchange text messages every day with people in their lives. This far surpasses the frequency with which they pick other forms of daily communication, including phone calling by cell phone.

  • 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.

  • Nearly Half of American Adults Are Smartphone Owners

    Mar 01, 2012 - Nearly half (46%) of American adults now own smartphones compared to 35% last May. The increase means that adult smartphone owners now outnumber those who own a cellphone that is not a smartphone.

  • 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.

  • News Industry Faces Challenges in Race for Digital Advertising Revenue

    Feb 13, 2012 - With digital ad revenue projected to overtake all other platforms by 2016, it is the key to the financial future of news. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, even the top news websites are having difficulty persuading advertisers from traditional platforms to move online, and few news websites make significant use of consumer-targeted advertising.

  • 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.

  • Tablet and E-book Reader Ownership Nearly Doubled Over the Holiday Season

    Jan 23, 2012 - According to surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, sales of tablet computers and e-book readers surged during the holiday season, causing the share of adults who own either device to nearly double -- from 10% to 19%.

  • Real Time Charitable Giving

    Jan 12, 2012 - Many Americans made use of the text messaging feature on their mobile phones to make contributions to disaster recovery efforts in Haiti after it was struck by a devastating earthquake in January 2010. The first in-depth study of mobile donors explores who the donors were and what motivated them to contribute.

  • 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.

  • Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide

    Dec 20, 2011 - Two kinds of digital communication that are popular in the United States -- texting with cell phones and use of social networks -- are also popular in many places around the world. Text messaging has become a global phenomenon and use of social networks is popular, especially in wealthier nations that have higher rates of internet access.

  • 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.

  • How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter

    Nov 14, 2011 - Twitter has been embraced by news organizations today but is used in limited ways, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and The George Washington University. The study addresses questions about how news outlets use the social media tool to share, gather and curate information.

  • 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.

  • Americans and Text Messaging

    Sep 19, 2011 - According to the latest survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, heavy text users are much more likely to prefer texting to talking. Some 55% of those who exchange more than 50 messages a day say they would rather get a text than a voice call.

  • Twenty-Eight Percent of American Adults Use Mobile and Social Location-based Services

    Sep 06, 2011 - Just over half of smartphone owners who use location-based services on their phones are doing so to get directions or recommendations based on their location.

  • Americans and Their Cell Phones

    Aug 15, 2011 - Eighty-three percent of American adults own some kind of mobile phone. In a nationally representative telephone survey, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that cell phones are useful for a wide variety of tasks but come with some disadvantages.

  • 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.

  • Smartphone Adoption and Usage

    Jul 11, 2011 - Smartphones have captured a significant share of the cellphone market in the U.S. and many now use them to access the Internet and their email.

  • 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.        

  • How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems

    Mar 01, 2011 - Studies in three cities show that if people believe their local government shares information well, they also feel good about their town and its civic institutions. Avid information consumers from media and online sources are also more likely to be involved and feel they have impact.

  • Patients Expand Support Networks to Include Online Peers

    Feb 28, 2011 - About one-in-five internet users have gone online to find others with health concerns similar to theirs. Those with chronic conditions are even more likely to reach out to peers.

  • 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.

  • Accessing Health Topics on the Internet

    Feb 01, 2011 - Health information remains one of the most important subjects that internet users research online. Symptoms and treatments continue to dominate internet users' health searches, but food safety, drug safety, and pregnancy information are among eight new topics included in the Pew Research Center's latest survey.

  • 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.    

  • Politics Goes Mobile

    Dec 23, 2010 - More than a quarter of American adults – 26% – used their cell phones to learn about or participate in the 2010 mid-term election campaign.                                                                    

  • 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.

  • When Technology Makes Headlines: The Media's Double Vision About the Digital Age

    Sep 27, 2010 - Much of the coverage of technology in the mainstream press split into competing story lines: that it makes life easier and that it is not secure. Social media, however, had a more positive focus while Apple beat Google in coverage.

  • 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.

  • Home Broadband 2010

    Aug 11, 2010 - The adoption of broadband internet access slowed dramatically over the last year. Two-thirds of American adults (66%) now have a broadband internet connection at home, a figure that is little changed from the 63% with a high-speed home connection at a similar point in 2009.

  • 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.

  • Mobile Access 2010

    Jul 07, 2010 - A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that 59% of American adults now go online wirelessly using either a laptop or cell phone, an increase over the 51% of Americans who did so at a similar point in 2009.

  • The Future of Online Socializing

    Jul 02, 2010 -  Most experts surveyed in the latest Pew Internet/Elon University study say social benefits of Internet use far outweigh negatives; some say it robs time, exposes private information, engenders intolerance.

  • Adults and Cell Phone Distractions

    Jun 18, 2010 - One in four (27%) American adults say they have texted while driving, the same proportion as the number of driving age teens (26%) who say they have texted while driving.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Media, Old Media: How Blogs and Social Media Agendas Relate and Differ from the Traditional Press

    May 24, 2010 - While most original reporting still comes from traditional journalists, technology makes it increasingly possible for the actions of citizens to influence a story’s total impact.

  • United We Stand...on Technology

    May 05, 2010 - Americans are widely dissatisfied not only with government but with most major institutions. A recent survey finds one notable exception: tech firms.

  • The Fate of the Semantic Web

    May 05, 2010 - Some 895 experts responded to the invitation of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center to predict the likely progress toward achieving the goals of the semantic Web by the year 2020.

  • Government Online

    Apr 27, 2010 - Government agencies have begun to open up their data to the public, and a surprisingly large number of citizens are showing interest. Some 40% of adult Internet users have gone online for raw data about government spending and activities, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

  • Teens and Mobile Phones

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

  • The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future

    Mar 31, 2010 - Technology experts and stakeholders belive that innovative forms of online cooperation could result in more efficient and responsive for-profit firms, non-profit organizations, and government agencies by the year 2020. 

  • 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.

  • The Future of the Internet IV

    Feb 19, 2010 - A survey finds most experts and stakeholders say the Internet will enhance—not degrade—our intelligence. It will also change the functions of reading and writing and be rebuilt around still-unanticipated gadgetry and applications.

  • 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.

  • Latinos Online, 2006-2008

    Dec 22, 2009 - The Pew Research Center's Hispanic Project and Internet Project combined forces to write an in-depth look at Internet penetration across racial and ethnic categories in the United States.

  • Current Decade Rates as Worst in 50 Years

    Dec 21, 2009 - For most Americans the "aughts" scored close to zero on the scale of recent decades. But innovations such as cell phones and the Internet earn high marks, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • 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.

  • Teens and Mobile Phones Over the Past Five Years: Pew Internet Looks Back

    Aug 19, 2009 - Pew Internet first surveyed teenagers about their mobile phones in 2004 when a survey showed that 45% of teens had a cell phone. Since then mobile phone use has climbed steadily among teens to 63% in 2006 and 71% in 2008.       

  • 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.

  • Home Broadband Adoption 2009

    Jun 17, 2009 - An April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows 63% of adult Americans now have broadband internet connections at home, a 15% increases from a year earlier.

  • 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.

  • The Future of the Internet III

    Dec 14, 2008 - A survey of Internet leaders and analysts finds they expect the phone to become a primary device for online access, artificial and virtual reality to become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the Internet itself to improve. But they disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance or better home lives.

  • 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 Families

    Oct 19, 2008 - This national survey found that households with a married couple and minor children are more likely than other household types—such as single adults, homes with unrelated adults, or couples without children to have cell phones and use the Internet.

  • 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.

  • Home Broadband Adoption 2008

    Jul 02, 2008 - The Pew Internet Project finds that adoption stalls for low-income Americans even as many broadband users opt for premium services that give them more speed.

  • Writing, Technology and Teens

    Apr 24, 2008 - Report looks at teens’ basic definition of writing, explores the various kinds of writing they do, seeks their assessment about what impact e-communication has on their writing, and probes for their guidance about how writing instruction might be improved.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • Parents, Teens and Technology

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

  • Broadband: What's All the Fuss About?

    Oct 17, 2007 - The impacts of high-speed connections extend beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons.

  • 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.

  • Home Broadband Adoption 2007

    Jul 03, 2007 - Findings on home broadband from a survey of 2,200 adult Americans conducted in February and March of 2007.

  • A Spiritual Network in Cyberspace, Proves a Successful Model for Combining Journalism and Networking

    Jun 01, 2007 - won the 2007 National Magazine Award in "Online General Excellence" despite not being a household name; it may be the new model for online journalism.

  • Cruising for News: The State of Digital Journalism

    Apr 05, 2007 - The State of the News Media 2007 was designed to help users understand news media options available on the Web as well as to assist news outlets in defining the capabilities they have developed so far.

  • 32% of Latino Adults Who Speak Only Spanish Go Online

    Mar 14, 2007 - A report issued by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Internet & American Life Project titled “Latinos Online” which illustrates a gap between Hispanics and non-Hispanics in Internet use.

  • Internet Content 'Tagging' Changes People’s Relationship to Information and Each Other

    Jan 31, 2007 - Pew Internet report on "tagging" includes an interview with author David Weinberger.

  • The Future of the Internet II

    Sep 24, 2006 - A survey of Internet leaders, activists, and analysts, conducted by the Pew Internet &American Life Project and Elon University predicts the future of the Internet.

  • Online Papers Modestly Boost Newspaper Readership

    Aug 03, 2006 - Results of the biennial news consumption survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • Digital Divisions: Clear Differences Between Broadband And Other Internet Connections

    Oct 10, 2005 - October 2005 findings by the Pew Internet & American Life project about American adults' Internet access and usage.

  • Teens, Technology And School

    Aug 04, 2005 - The Pew Internet & American Life Project reports that the Internet is a critical part of today's educational experience, according to many teenagers.

  • 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.

  • Tech Terms And Internet Users

    Jul 20, 2005 - The average American who uses the Web does not have a full understanding of some of the latest technology terms, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

  • Spyware: The Threat Of Unwanted Software Is Changing How People Use The Web

    Jul 07, 2005 - Pew Internet reports that spyware and adware are impacting user behavior online.

  • Use Of Web Cams

    Jun 20, 2005 - Statistics about online activities involving Web cams.

  • Podcasting Catches On

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

  • Search Engine Users Happy, But Unaware

    Jan 25, 2005 - National survey on search engine experiences of online population.

  • The Future of The Internet

    Jan 10, 2005 - January 2005 report of online survey of Internet experts and technology leaders.

  • Blog Readership Increases 58% in 2004

    Jan 02, 2005 - By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of online culture. Two surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in November established new contours for the blogosphere and its popularity.

  • 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 as a Unique News Source

    Jul 08, 2004 - A report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project find that millions go online for news and images not covered in the mainstream press.

  • One Quarter of Online Americans Have Heard of VOIP Telephone Service; About One in Eight are Considering Getting it at Home

    Jun 28, 2004 - A data memo from the Pew Internet & American Life Projecton on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

  • 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.

  • The State of the News Media 2004

    Mar 15, 2004 - The annual report on American journalism from the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • 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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