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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.

Recent Work

October 6, 2022 The Role of Alternative Social Media in the News and Information Environment

In recent years, several new options have emerged in the social media universe, many of which explicitly present themselves as alternatives to more established social media platforms. Free speech ideals and heated political themes prevail on these sites, which draw praise from their users and skepticism from other Americans.

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October 5, 2022 More Americans are joining the ‘cashless’ economy

In less than a decade, the share of Americans who go “cashless” in a typical week has increased by double digits.

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September 29, 2022 More Than Twice as Many Americans Support Than Oppose the #MeToo Movement

Most say that, compared with five years ago, those who commit sexual harassment or assault at work are more likely to be held responsible and those who report it are more likely to be believed.

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September 27, 2022 About half of recent online daters in U.S. say it’s important to see COVID-19 vaccination status on profiles

Online dating users who are Democrats are far more likely their Republican counterparts to say someone’s vaccination status is important for them to see.

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September 20, 2022 News Platform Fact Sheet

Today an overwhelming majority of Americans get news at least sometimes from digital devices. Explore the patterns and trends that shape the platforms Americans turn to for news

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September 8, 2022 Payment apps like Venmo and Cash App bring convenience – and security concerns – to some users

PayPal is used by a majority of U.S. adults (57%). Smaller shares report ever using Venmo (38%), Zelle (36%) or Cash App (26%).

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August 30, 2022 More so than adults, U.S. teens value people feeling safe online over being able to speak freely

A majority of teens say a welcoming, safe online environment is more important than people being able to speak their minds freely online.

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August 23, 2022 46% of Americans who have invested in cryptocurrency say it’s done worse than expected

16% of U.S. adults say they have ever invested in, traded or used a cryptocurrency such as bitcoin or ether.

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