Fact Tank Dec. 27, 2013

Over a quarter of internet users download or listen to podcasts

Pew Research Center polling shows that the podcast user base continues to expand. A May 2013 survey found 27% of internet users ages 18 and older download or listen to podcasts, up from 21% three years ago in May 2010 and 7% of internet users in 2006.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2013

For most wireless-only households, look south and west

The states with the most wireless-only households tend to be largely rural and in the West or South; households in the Northeast are most likely to hang onto their landlines.

Fact Tank Dec. 17, 2013

What ails America? Dr. Google can tell you

Dr. Google’s waiting room was crowded in 2013. Online search has become an easy way for people to learn more about what’s ailing them, either to self-diagnose or find a remedy.

Fact Tank Dec. 2, 2013

China has more internet users than any other country

There are nearly 591 million internet users in China.

Fact Tank Dec. 2, 2013

What happens to your digital life after death?

It’s a question not many consider given how embedded the internet is in their lives. The typical web user has 25 online accounts, ranging from email to social media profiles and bank accounts, according to a 2007 study from Microsoft. But families, companies and legislators are just starting to sort out who owns and has access to these accounts after someone has died.

Fact Tank Nov. 29, 2013

7 things to know about offline Americans

The Pew Research Center recently reported that 15% of American adults are not internet users. Here are some lesser-known things that we found when in exploring offline Americans and their lives.

Fact Tank Nov. 27, 2013

Chart of the Week: A minute on the Internet

Keeping up with what people do online is no easy task — just ask the researchers in our Internet Project. Nor is it much easier for those seeking ways to make money off online activities — they’re changing almost too fast to keep up with. But the folks at Quartz, the  business-news site from Atlantic […]

Fact Tank Nov. 15, 2013

Texting while driving may be common, but it’s illegal in most states

Number of states that ban texting while driving.

Fact Tank Nov. 12, 2013

Is social media the new wingman for singles?

Digital tools have added a host of new dimensions to dating, whether it be the first flirty message or making it “Facebook official.”

Fact Tank Nov. 8, 2013

Who’s not online? 5 factors tied to the digital divide

An explanation of five factors related to internet non-use.