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Paul Hitlin

Senior Researcher

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Paul Hitlin is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. He is an expert in content analysis and media research, with a particular emphasis on politics, big data and social media. Prior to joining the Center in 2005, he worked for the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the Center for Media and Public Affairs. Hitlin has a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology program and a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Publications
Internet & TechSeptember 28, 2018

Internet, social media use and device ownership in U.S. have plateaued after years of growth

The use of digital technology has had a long stretch of rapid growth in the United States, but the share of Americans who go online, use social media or own key devices has remained stable the past two years.

Internet & TechApril 9, 2018

Bots in the Twittersphere

An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated Twitter accounts – not human beings.

ScienceMarch 21, 2018

The Science People See on Social Media

Science-related Facebook pages draw millions of followers but ‘news you can use’ posts or ads outnumber ones about scientific discoveries.

ScienceDecember 19, 2017

8% of Americans say they own a drone, while more than half have seen one in operation

While drones have become more prevalent, many Americans have reservations about where and under what circumstances their use should be allowed.

Internet & TechNovember 29, 2017

Public Comments to the Federal Communications Commission About Net Neutrality Contain Many Inaccuracies and Duplicates

More than half of comments submitted to the FCC on net neutrality used temporary or duplicate email addresses, and seven popular comments accounted for 38% of all submissions.

Fact TankDecember 28, 2016

Health issues topped the list of scientific studies reaching wide audiences in 2016

Health care policy, space and evolution led the way.

Fact TankJanuary 14, 2016

Wikipedia at 15: Millions of readers in scores of languages

A Pew Research Center analysis of the most visited pages in each language in 2015 tells a story about how the various versions are used.

Fact TankApril 6, 2015

From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation

On social media, hashtags have long been used as a shorthand way of organizing a conversation around an event or topic. One widely used hashtag over the past year is #Ferguson, which started after the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., and has since become a kind of connective tissue for […]

Fact TankMarch 13, 2015

Study finds racial, ethnic divide in attention to crime news

Crime consistently ranks as one of the most followed and discussed topics by the public, and it receives more attention in local news media than almost any other subject. A recent Pew Research Center report reinforces these findings but also suggests that certain groups of residents pay closer attention to local crime than others in […]

Fact TankOctober 14, 2014

Media coverage of the 2016 presidential race heats up

Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have received more media coverage than other potential 2016 presidential candidates, as of September 2014.