Internet & Tech Jun. 1, 2011

Twitter Update 2011

Currently, 13% of online adults use the status update service Twitter, up from 8% in November 2010. More than half of Twitter users access the service via their cell phones. African-American and Latino internet users continue to be significantly more likely than whites to be Twitter users.

Internet & Tech May. 30, 2011

Internet Phone Calls

After years of modest activity, online phone calling has taken off as a quarter of American adult internet users (24%) have placed phone calls online. That amounts to 19% of all American adults.

Internet & Tech May. 12, 2011

The Social Life of Health Information, 2011

Eight-in-ten internet users have looked online for health information such as a specific disease or treatment, and an increasing number are sharing their own medical experiences and thoughts on the internet.

Internet & Tech Mar. 17, 2011

The Internet and Campaign 2010

More than half of U.S. adults used the internet for political purposes in the last cycle, far surpassing the 2006 midterm contest. They hold mixed views about the impact of the internet: It enables extremism, while helping the like-minded find each other. It provides diverse sources, but makes it harder to find truthful sources.

Internet & Tech Mar. 14, 2011

Closing the Local News ‘App Gap’

Local news is going mobile. Nearly half of all American adults (47%) report that they get at least some local news and information on their cellphone or tablet computer. But just 13% of all mobile device owners report having an app that helps them get local information or news.

Internet & Tech Mar. 1, 2011

How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems

Studies in three cities show that if people believe their local government shares information well, they also feel good about their town and its civic institutions. Those who are avid information consumers from news media and online sources are more likely to be involved and feel they have impact.

Internet & Tech Feb. 28, 2011

Peer-to-Peer Health Care

About one-in-five internet users have gone online to find others who have health concerns similar to theirs. Those with chronic conditions are even more likely to reach out to peers for health information. Still, most turn to health professionals when in need of medical information.

Internet & Tech Feb. 3, 2011

Generations and Gadgets

While many tech devices have become popular across generations, Millennials are by far the most likely group not only to own most gadgets, but also to take advantage of a wider range of functions on those devices.

Internet & Tech Feb. 1, 2011

Accessing Health Topics on the Internet

Health information remains one of the most important subjects that internet users research online. The Pew Internet Project and California HealthCare Foundation have added eight new topics — including food safety, drug safety, and pregnancy information — to their national survey measuring internet users’ interest in health information.

Internet & Tech Jan. 26, 2011

Twitter and Social Networking in the 2010 Midterm Elections

More than one-in-five online Americans engaged with the 2010 midterm elections or campaign on Twitter or social networking sites; Republicans — especially Tea Party supporters — caught up with Democrats in social media use.