The Pew Internet & American Life Project studies how the Internet has changed the workplace. Researchers focus on the ways that e-mail, instant messaging and other new online technologies affect the way that employees and supervisors interact with one another. Information about online activities inside the workplace is gathered through public opinion polling, online surveys and other research methods.

Recent topics explored by the Pew Internet & American Life Project include the uses of e-mail in the workplace; online job searches; the impact of Web access on employee performance; and the role of the Internet in life’s major moments such as career change or educational choice.  The data help business executives, journalists, academic researchers and other interested parties who want to know more about how the Internet is used in American work places.

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 the role that the Internet plays in the workplace, visit the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site


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    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.

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    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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Artists, Musicians and the Internet: Research on How They Use It

    Dec 06, 2004 - First-of-its kind study on how artists and musicians use the Internet, and how they feel about copyright infringement issues.

  • 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.

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