Internet Access at Libraries
African-Americans and Latinos were more likely than whites to access the internet at their local library, as were parents of minor children, those under age 50, and those with some college experience.
E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines
The number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older to 23%. At the same time, the number of those who read printed books in the previous 12 months fell.
How Communities Differ in Their Reading Habits
Reading is foundational to learning and the information acquisition upon which people make decisions. For centuries, the capacity to read has been a benchmark of literacy and involvement in community life.
The Best and Worst of Mobile Phones
Mobile phone owners like the convenience and ease of connectivity the devices offer, but rue that they can be interrupted more easily, have to pay the bills, and face bad connections.
Cell Phones: They’re For More Than Just Making Calls
Fully 85% of American adults own a cell phone, and the devices have become a portal for an ever-growing list of activities. Taking photos and texting top the list.
Parents Concerned About Teens’ Online Activities and Privacy
Most parents of teenagers are concerned about what their teenage children do online and how their behavior could be monitored by others.
Mobile Health Finds Its Market In Smartphone Owners
Over half of smartphone owners gather health information on their phones, compared with 6% of non-smartphone owners.
One-in-Five Registered Voters Talk About How They Voted on Social Media
Fully 22% of registered voters have told others how they voted on a social networking site, while 30% have been encouraged to vote for a candidate by family and friends and 20% have encouraged others to vote.
Over Half of Registered Voters Have Watched Political Videos Online
Some 66% of registered voters who use the internet—55% of all registered voters—have gone online this election season to watch videos related to the election campaign or political issues.
How Teens Research In the Digital Age
Teachers participating in a Pew Internet study say the impact of today’s digital environment on their students’ research habits and skills is mostly positive, but not without drawbacks.