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

Internet & TechJune 30, 2016

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.

Internet & TechMay 23, 2016

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.”

Internet & TechMay 20, 2016

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.

Internet & TechFebruary 29, 2016

5 facts about online dating

11% of American adults have used an online dating site or a mobile dating app.

Internet & TechDecember 28, 2015

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.

Internet & TechApril 14, 2015

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.

Internet & TechDecember 4, 2014

Half of online Americans don’t know what a privacy policy is

Our true/false statement question asked, “When a company posts a privacy policy, it ensures that the company keeps confidential all the information it collects on users.” Half of online Americans answered incorrectly.

Internet & TechApril 21, 2014

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.

Internet & TechApril 17, 2014

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.

Internet & TechFebruary 3, 2014

6 new facts about Facebook

How people are using Facebook and what they like and dislike about the site.