Fact Tank Apr. 2, 2015

What we learned about surveying with mobile apps

No research has compared app-based surveys with polls administered via Web browsers. Our new, experimental work compares the results of these two modes.

Fact Tank Apr. 1, 2015

6 facts about Americans and their smartphones

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults own a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011. Our new report analyzes smartphone ownership and owners’ attitudes and behaviors.

Fact Tank Mar. 27, 2015

How citizens and investigative journalists handle privacy protection

The public’s muted response on possible government monitoring of their online behavior differs from that of investigative journalists, whose work makes them potential targets for monitoring.

Fact Tank Mar. 26, 2015

The challenges of using Facebook for research

We wanted to analyze the role Facebook played as a means for people to hear about, discuss and share local news. But getting the data we needed wasn’t easy.

Fact Tank Mar. 20, 2015

10 facts about technology use in the emerging world

In our survey of thousands of people across 32 emerging and developing nations, we found some notable data points that might have been lost in the fray.

Fact Tank Mar. 19, 2015

Key takeaways on technology use in emerging and developing nations

Our new report looks at how people perceive the internet’s impact on their lives, how many people access it and who they are, and what people do online.

Fact Tank Mar. 3, 2015

Opinions on expanding access to experimental drugs differ by race, income

Generally, higher-income adults and college degree earners are more likely than others to favor greater availability, and African-Americans are significantly less supportive of the idea.

Fact Tank Feb. 19, 2015

The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life

In a recent Pew Research survey, more respondents said communication skills were most important for children to have, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic. Science fell somewhere in the middle.

Fact Tank Feb. 13, 2015

From telegrams to Instagram, a look at presidents and technology

President Obama’s recent interviews with Buzzfeed and Vox, and his embrace of online news and social media more generally, stands in a long tradition of presidents employing novel communications technologies to speak to Americans directly.

Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2015

5 facts about online video, for YouTube’s 10th birthday

YouTube has become one of the most visited websites in the world. The video-sharing firm says that 100 hours of video are uploaded there every minute.