Fact TankNovember 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 TankNovember 7, 2016

Social media causes some users to rethink their views on an issue

Exposure to a range of new ideas and viewpoints that many social media users encounter can occasionally cause people to change their minds about political issues or candidates.

Fact TankOctober 3, 2016

Smartphones help those without broadband get online, but don’t necessarily bridge the digital divide

Many Americans rely on cell phone internet access due to a lack of broadband at home. But are these devices a good substitute?

Fact TankSeptember 21, 2016

The state of privacy in post-Snowden America

After the June 2013 leaks by Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance of Americans’ communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy. Here’s what we learned.

Fact TankSeptember 7, 2016

13% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they?

Today, 13% of U.S. adults do not use the internet. The latest Pew Research Center analysis shows internet non-adoption is correlated to a number of demographic variables.

Fact TankJuly 25, 2016

Ride-hailing services are seen by minorities as a benefit to areas underserved by taxis

Americans who live in majority-minority communities are more likely than those who reside in predominately white neighborhoods to say that ride-hailing apps serve neighborhoods that taxis won’t visit.

Fact TankJuly 12, 2016

28% of Americans are ‘strong’ early adopters of technology

Technology is changing the ways people seek and get knowledge, communicate and work. But Americans still tend to embrace familiarity over newness when it comes to their choices of new products

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 TankMay 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.”

Fact TankMay 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.