Aaron Smith is a senior researcher for the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. His primary areas of research include the role of the internet in the political process, technology in civic life and online engagement with government. Read full bio
Why join the gig economy? For many, the answer is ‘for fun’
Nearly a quarter of Americans say they’ve earned money in the digital “platform economy” in the past year, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Perhaps surprisingly, though, the most commonly cited motivation for these workers is not the pay.
Sharing and on-demand services attract a small but active group of ‘super users’
The sharing and on-demand economy has grown in the U.S., and some Americans are “super users”: 7% have used six or more shared and on-demand online services.
Q&A: The impact and evolution of the sharing economy
We interviewed Arun Sundararajan, a professor of information, operations and management sciences at New York University, and a leading expert on the sharing economy. Sundararajan is the author of the recently released book “The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism.”
How Americans define the sharing economy
In our survey, we asked respondents who had heard of the sharing economy to tell us – in their own words – how they would describe the term.
5 facts about online dating
11% of American adults have used an online dating site or a mobile dating app.
Lack of broadband can be a key obstacle, especially for job seekers
Americans view trouble in finding work or advancing one’s career as the most significant impediment facing those without broadband.
The smartphone: An essential travel guide
Americans are turning to their mobile devices to help them get from one place to another; navigation while driving is especially popular.
Men more optimistic than women about future technological changes
There are some striking differences between women and men in their hopes and fears about the future.
From teleportation to robot servants: Americans’ predictions and dreams for the future
Americans see the next half-century as a period of profound scientific change, but they don’t agree on what will or won’t come to pass.