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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

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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June 2, 2022 How Teens Navigate School During COVID-19

A majority of teens prefer in-person over virtual or hybrid learning. Hispanic and lower-income teens are particularly likely to fear they’ve fallen behind in school due to COVID-19 disruptions.

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May 26, 2022 Local Newspapers Fact Sheet

Local newspapers have been hit particularly hard by the transition to digital news consumption in recent years, with many forced to shutter their doors permanently.

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May 13, 2022 Support for more regulation of tech companies has declined in U.S., especially among Republicans

44% of Americans think major technology companies should be regulated more than they are now, down from 56% in April 2021.

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