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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

August 10, 2022 Teens, Social Media and Technology 2022

The landscape of social media is ever-changing, especially among teens who often are on the leading edge of this space. A new survey of American teenagers ages 13 to 17 finds that TikTok has established itself as one of the top online platforms for U.S. teens, while the share of teens who use Facebook has fallen sharply.

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August 3, 2022 U.S. women more concerned than men about some AI developments, especially driverless cars

Women in the U.S. are less likely than men to say that technology has had a mostly positive effect on society (42% vs. 54%).

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July 14, 2022 How Black Americans view the use of face recognition technology by police

Black Americans are critical of key aspects of policing and criminal justice. But their views on face recognition technology are more nuanced.

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June 30, 2022 5 facts about political tweets shared by U.S. adults

Here are five facts about political content on Twitter, such as the content and nature of these posts.

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June 30, 2022 The Metaverse in 2040

Experts are split about the likely evolution of a truly immersive “metaverse.” They expect that augmented- and mixed-reality enhancements will become more useful in people’s daily lives. Many worry that current online problems may be magnified if Web3 development is led by those who built today’s dominant web platforms.

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June 27, 2022 Twitter is the go-to social media site for U.S. journalists, but not for the public

The social media sites that journalists use most frequently for their jobs differ from those that the public turns to for news.  

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June 16, 2022 Politics on Twitter: One-Third of Tweets From U.S. Adults Are Political

Roughly one-quarter of American adults use Twitter. And when they share their views on the site, quite often they are doing so about politics and political issues.

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June 9, 2022 A growing share of Americans are familiar with ‘cancel culture’

61% of U.S. adults say they have heard at least a fair amount about the phrase “cancel culture,” up from 44% in September 2020.

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