Fact Tank Oct. 1, 2013

21% of Americans without health insurance do not use the internet

Officials are hoping that the health exchange web sites will drive access and enrollment. But some of the groups most likely to not have health insurance are the same as those groups most likely to not be online.

Fact Tank Sep. 27, 2013

Majority of online Americans ‘Google themselves’

Today marks Google’s 15th birthday, which has prompted many users to reflect on what it was like to use the search engine circa 1998. We took the opportunity to look back at Americans’ habits to “Google themselves” during the first decade of the search engine’s life and found that, after an initial increase, the activity […]

Internet & Tech Sep. 25, 2013

Who’s Not Online?

15% of American adults do not use the internet at all, and another 9% of adults use the internet but not at home. The main reasons they cite for not using the internet are relevance, usability, cost and access.

Internet & Tech Sep. 19, 2013

Americans Use Their Cellphones for Much More Than Phone Calls

Half of cell owners download apps to their phones and 48% listen to music services. Video calling has tripled since 2011, while texting remains a popular activity.

Internet & Tech Sep. 16, 2013

57% of Americans Go Online With Their Cellphone

With 91% of all Americans now owning a cell phone, 57% of all American adults are cell internet users. The proportion of cell owners who use their phone to go online has doubled since 2009.

Fact Tank Sep. 13, 2013

Planned Twitter IPO follows years of user growth

Twitter’s announcement on Sept. 12 that it planned to go public with an initial public offering follows seven years of growth in the user of the social media platform.

Fact Tank Sep. 12, 2013

It’s a woman’s (social media) world

The average gap between the proportion of men and women who use social media

Fact Tank Sep. 5, 2013

What strategies do YOU use to protect your online identity?

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project finds that 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints. We ask readers to share their own strategies and experiences.

Internet & Tech Sep. 5, 2013

Managing Online Identity and Privacy

86% of adult internet users have taken steps to avoid online surveillance by other people or organizations. Despite precautions, 21% of online adults have had an email or social media account hijacked and 11% have had vital information stolen.

Fact Tank Aug. 29, 2013

How Pew Research calculates broadband adoption

Since publishing new figures this week on home broadband adoption, Pew Research has received questions on how it calculates its figure. Kathryn Zickuhr of the Pew Research Center Internet Project provides the answers.