10 facts about Americans and public libraries
Technology and the internet are changing Americans’ reading habits and also their relationship with libraries. But what hasn’t changed is Americans’ love for books.
Overall book readership stable, but e-books becoming more popular
The typical U.S. adult read five books in the past 12 months.
The social life of health information
Our national survey finds that seven-in-ten (72%) adult internet users say they have searched online for information about a range of health issues, the most popular being specific diseases and treatments.
Few Americans track their weight, diet or exercise online
Among the 6-in-10 Americans who say they track their weight, diet or exercise routine, 9% say they use online or app tools.
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.
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.
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.
China has more internet users than any other country
There are nearly 591 million internet users in China.
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.
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.