U.S. Politics Oct. 9, 2012

Many Voters Use Cell Phones to Follow Election, Participate in Politics

As of late September, 88% of registered voters own a cell phone of some kind-and significant numbers of these voters are using their mobile devices to get information about the 2012 election, to interact with the campaigns, and to converse with other voters about political issues: 27% of registered voters who own a cell phone […]

Internet & Tech Sep. 13, 2012

Photos and Videos are Key Social Currency Online

Fully 46% of internet users post original photos and videos online and 41% curate photos and videos on image-sharing sites. Women are more likely than men to use Pinterest, while Instagram and Tumblr attract equal shares of men and women.

Internet & Tech Sep. 11, 2012

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.

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

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 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 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.