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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

January 13, 2022 Share of those 65 and older who are tech users has grown in the past decade

Adoption of key technologies by those in the oldest age group has grown markedly since about a decade ago.

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January 6, 2022 Three-in-ten Americans now read e-books

75% of U.S. adults say they have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2011.

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January 5, 2022 Americans at the ends of the ideological spectrum are the most active in national politics

Americans who hold less consistently liberal or conservative views tend to be less engaged in national politics.

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January 5, 2022 Trust in America: Do Americans trust the news media?

The declining public trust in the news media and polarization of news audiences have profound effects on civic life.

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December 15, 2021 Racial and ethnic differences stand out in the U.S. gig workforce

There are racial and ethnic differences in who takes on gig platform jobs and the negative experiences some of these workers say they face.

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December 14, 2021 How Americans tweet about the news

Here is how the average adult Twitter user in the U.S. tweeted about the news in 2021, as well as how these patterns have changed since 2015.

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December 8, 2021 Q&A: How Pew Research Center studied gig workers in the U.S.

A recent Center survey focused on gig platform work. Here is more information about how we crafted the survey and what we learned from it.

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December 8, 2021 The State of Gig Work in 2021

Some 16% of Americans have ever earned money from an online gig platform. While most gig platform workers say they have had a positive experience with these jobs, some report facing on-the-job troubles like being treated rudely or sexually harassed.

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