Internet & Tech Sep. 5, 2012

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.

Internet & Tech Sep. 4, 2012

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

Internet & Tech Aug. 2, 2012

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.

Internet & Tech Jul. 20, 2012

The Future of Big Data

Internet & Tech Jul. 12, 2012

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.

Internet & Tech Jul. 12, 2012

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.

Internet & Tech Jun. 29, 2012

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.

Internet & Tech Jun. 26, 2012

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.

Internet & Tech Jun. 22, 2012

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.

Internet & Tech Jun. 6, 2012

Older Adults and Internet Use

As of April, 53% of American adults age 65 and older said they used the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, this represent the first time that half of seniors are going online.