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 & TechJanuary 12, 2017

Record shares of Americans now own smartphones, have home broadband

Here are four key trends illustrating the current technology landscape in America.

Internet & TechDecember 19, 2016

Most Americans don’t pay extra to support worker-friendly businesses

Around half of Americans say the question of working conditions is indeed important to them, though fewer are actually willing to pay more to support businesses that are seen as worker-friendly.

Internet & TechNovember 18, 2016

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.

Fact TankJune 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.

Fact TankFebruary 29, 2016

5 facts about online dating

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

Fact TankDecember 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.

Fact TankDecember 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.

Fact TankApril 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 & TechFebruary 3, 2014

What people like and dislike about Facebook

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

Fact TankJanuary 2, 2014

More than half of cell owners affected by ‘distracted walking’

More than half of all adult cellphone owners have been on the giving or receiving end of a distracted walking encounter.