Smartphones Particularly Popular With Young Adults, High Earners
On the eve of Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 5, 45% of American adults own smartphones. They are particularly popular with young adults and those living in relatively higher income households; 66% of those ages 18-29 own smartphones, and 68% of those living in households earning $75,000 also own them.
More Than Half of Mobile Users Avoid Certain Apps Due to Privacy Concerns
Fully 54% of mobile application users have avoided certain apps and 30% have uninstalled an app due to concerns about the way personal information is shared or collected by the app.
Social Media’s Influence on Politics
Campaign and policy-related material on social networking sites plays a modest role in influencing most users’ views and political activities. Democrats and liberals are the most likely to say the sites have impact and are important and the politically engaged stand out in their use of the sites
Mobile Phone Problems
Telemarketing calls and spam texts are realities for most cellphone users, according to a new survey. Smartphone owners are particularly likely to report dropped calls and slow download speeds.
The Future of Big Data
Family Caregivers Turn to Internet for Information and Guidance
Fully 30 percent of U.S. adults help a loved one with personal needs, manage finances or arrange for outside care for another adult or child with a disability. Of this group, 88% use the internet to find health information.
The Rise of the “Connected Viewer”
Television’s solitary screen is being supplemented by multi-screen interactivity. Half of all adult cell owners (52%) have used their phones recently for engagement, diversion, or interaction with other people while watching TV.
The Future of Smart Systems
Technology experts envision a future with “smart” devices that make home systems, appliances and utilities work more efficiently. But many believe we still won’t be living in the “Homes of the Future” by 2020. These developments will take time. The costs and infrastructure changes to make it all work are daunting.
A Look at Internet Use on Mobile Phones
Some 17% of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device. Most do so for convenience, but for some their phone is their only option for online access.
Libraries, Patrons, and e-Books
About one-in-ten readers of e-books borrowed one from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.