Aug. 28, 2015

Men catch up with women on overall social media use

Some 73% of online men use social media, on par with the 80% of online women who say they do so. But there are still some gender differences on specific platforms.

Aug. 20, 2015

How having smartphones (or not) shapes the way teens communicate

It may seem as if basic or flip phones are a thing of the past, given that 73% of teens have a smartphone. But that still leaves 15% of teens who only have a basic cellphone and 12% who have none at all, and it makes a difference in the way each group communicates.

Aug. 17, 2015

For teens, phone calls are reserved for closer relationships

Texting is the most common and frequent way that teens communicate with all types of friends, but they haven’t abandoned phone calling – especially among their closest friends.

Aug. 11, 2015

Amid debate over labeling GM foods, most Americans believe they’re unsafe

The debate over the safety of genetically modified foods has put state lawmakers who favor requiring labeling of these products at odds with counterparts in Congress who oppose it. Americans’ concerns about GM foods are providing the backdrop: A majority of them believe such foods are generally unsafe to eat.

Aug. 6, 2015

6 takeaways about teen friendships in the digital age

Our latest report focuses on how teens develop and sustain friendships in the digital age, including where they meet, communicate and spend time with friends.

Aug. 3, 2015

Partisans differ sharply on power plant emissions limits, climate change

Overall, a majority of Americans support stricter limits on power plant emissions, but as with climate change, the views of Democrats differ markedly from those of Republicans.

Jul. 28, 2015

15% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they?

The latest Pew Research analysis also shows that internet non-adoption is correlated to a number of demographic variables, including age, educational attainment, household income, race and ethnicity, and community type.

Jul. 17, 2015

5 facts about vaccines in the U.S.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation June 30 making it mandatory as of next July for children enrolled in public or private schools and day cares to be vaccinated, ending the state’s policy that allowed personal and religious exemptions to vaccine requirements.

May. 19, 2015

More Americans are using social media to connect with politicians

Overall, 16% of registered voters follow candidates for office, political parties, or elected officials on a social networking site.

Apr. 30, 2015

Racial and ethnic differences in how people use mobile technology

Minority smartphone owners tend to rely more heavily on their phone than whites do for internet access, according to our recent report on smartphone adoption.