Internet & Tech Feb. 9, 2012

The Tone of Life on Social Networking Sites

An overwhelming majority (85%) of the adults who use social media report that people are usually kind on the sites. At the same time, 49% have witnessed mean and offensive behavior and they usually respond by ignoring it.

Internet & Tech Feb. 3, 2012

Why Most Facebook Users Get More Than They Give

Most Facebook users receive more from their Facebook friends than they give, whether the measurement is the number of friend requests received, the use of the “like” button, the number of messages sent or tagging people in photos. The phenomenon is driven by a segment of “power users.”

Internet & Tech Jan. 30, 2012

The Rise of In-Store Mobile Commerce

Just over half of adult cell owners used their phone while they were in stores during the 2011 holiday shopping season to call friends for advice on a purchase or to check product reviews and prices being offered elsewhere.

Internet & Tech Jan. 23, 2012

Tablet and E-Book Reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period

The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period.

Internet & Tech Jan. 12, 2012

Real Time Charitable Giving

A survey of individuals who sent a contribution to Haiti earthquake relief using the text messaging feature on their mobile phones explores who these mobile givers are, what other types of mobile contributions they have undertaken, and how they perceive mobile giving in comparison to other types of charitable contributions.

Internet & Tech Dec. 23, 2011

The Civic and Community Engagement of Religiously Active Americans

Religiously active Americans are more tied to many civic and other organizations than non-religious Americans. Many report that their use of technology helps them in their group activities.

Internet & Tech Dec. 14, 2011

Where People Get Information About Restaurants and Other Local Businesses

People looking for information about local restaurants and other businesses say they rely on the internet, especially search engines, ahead of any other source.

Internet & Tech Nov. 15, 2011

Why Americans Use Social Media

The top reason cited by adults for using social media is to maintain connections with family and friends. Social media users also say these platforms help connect them to old friends with whom they’ve lost touch.

Internet & Tech Nov. 9, 2011

Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites

A comprehensive study finds that almost seven-in-ten American teens who use social networking sites say that people their age are mostly kind to one another on the sites; another 20% say that they are mostly unkind. Most teens say they have witnessed other people being mean or cruel to each other on the sites.

Internet & Tech Nov. 2, 2011

Half of Adult Cell Phone Owners Have Apps on Their Phones

The share of adult cell phone owners who have downloaded an app to their phone nearly doubled in the past two years – rising from 22% in September 2009 to 38% in August 2011.