Internet & Tech May. 11, 2012

Three-Quarters of Smartphone Owners Use Location-Based Services

Nearly three-fourths (74%) of smartphone users use their phones to obtain real-time, location-based information and almost one-in-five use geosocial services such as Foursquare.

Internet & Tech May. 7, 2012

Just-In-Time Information Through Mobile Connections

86% of smartphone owners used their phone in the past month to make real-time queries to help them meet friends, solve problems, or settle arguments.

Internet & Tech Dec. 14, 2011

Where People Get Information About Restaurants and Other Local Businesses

People looking for information about local restaurants and other businesses say they rely on the internet, especially search engines, ahead of any other source.

Pew Research Center Dec. 13, 2011

How do those who don’t search for health information online differ from those who do?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Dec. 13, 2011

Ask the Expert

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Internet & Tech May. 12, 2011

The Social Life of Health Information, 2011

Eight-in-ten internet users have looked online for health information such as a specific disease or treatment, and an increasing number are sharing their own medical experiences and thoughts on the internet.

Internet & Tech Mar. 1, 2011

How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems

Studies in three cities show that if people believe their local government shares information well, they also feel good about their town and its civic institutions. Those who are avid information consumers from news media and online sources are more likely to be involved and feel they have impact.

Internet & Tech Feb. 28, 2011

Peer-to-Peer Health Care

About one-in-five internet users have gone online to find others who have health concerns similar to theirs. Those with chronic conditions are even more likely to reach out to peers for health information. Still, most turn to health professionals when in need of medical information.

Internet & Tech Feb. 1, 2011

Accessing Health Topics on the Internet

Health information remains one of the most important subjects that internet users research online. The Pew Internet Project and California HealthCare Foundation have added eight new topics — including food safety, drug safety, and pregnancy information — to their national survey measuring internet users’ interest in health information.

Internet & Tech Oct. 18, 2010

Mobile Health 2010

Among cell phone owners, 17% have used their phone to look up health information, including 29% of cell owners ages 18-29. Still, the internet plays a supplemental — though growing — role and mobile connectivity has not changed that.