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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

February 8, 2024 For Valentine’s Day, facts about marriage and dating in the U.S.

Overall, 69% of Americans say they are married (51%), living with a partner (11%), or otherwise in a committed romantic relationship (8%).

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February 7, 2024 Many Americans find value in getting news on social media, but concerns about inaccuracy have risen

Four-in-ten Americans who get news from social media say inaccuracy is the thing they dislike most about it – an increase of 9 percentage points since 2018.

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February 6, 2024 Q&A: How we used large language models to identify guests on popular podcasts

We asked researchers how they used the newest generation of large language models to analyze roughly 24,000 podcast episodes.

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February 5, 2024 8 charts on technology use around the world

In most countries surveyed, around nine-in-ten or more adults are online. In South Korea, 99% of adults use the internet.

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February 5, 2024 By a wide margin, Americans say football – not baseball – is ‘America’s sport’

More than half of Americans (53%) say America’s sport is football – about twice the share who say it’s baseball (27%).

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February 2, 2024 5 facts about how Americans use Facebook, two decades after its launch

Around seven-in-ten U.S. adults (68%) say they ever use Facebook, a share that has remained relatively flat since 2016.

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February 1, 2024 Computer chips in human brains: How Americans view the technology amid recent advances

More than half of U.S. adults (56%) said that widespread use of brain chips to enhance cognitive function would be a bad idea for society.

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February 1, 2024 From Businesses and Banks to Colleges and Churches: Americans’ Views of U.S. Institutions

Americans overwhelmingly see small businesses as having a positive effect on the way things are going in the country. By contrast, their views of large corporations are broadly negative. And most people – including identical shares in both parties – are critical of the impact of banks and financial institutions.

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