What will digital life look like in 2025? Highlights from our reports
The wealth of material from this non-scientific, opt-in canvassing of experts resulted in seven reports about what trends might emerge in online life between now and 2025. Here are some key takeaways.
What Internet Users Know about Technology and the Web
Three-quarters of online Americans know which is bigger, a megabyte or a kilobyte, but only 9% are able to correctly identify the first widely popular graphical web browser. How much do you know about the web and digital technology?
Web IQ Quiz
Test your knowledge of technology and the web by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,066 randomly sampled adult internet users asked the same questions.
About 1 in 5 victims of online harassment say it happened in the comments section
While social media sites were the most common place noted for online harassment in a recent Pew Research Center survey, about a fifth of internet users cited website comments sections as places where they had that experience.
Census: Computer ownership, internet connection varies widely across U.S.
Nearly 25 years after the birth of the world wide web, most Americans have computers and internet access, but the nation remains a patchwork of connectivity, with some metro areas full of high-speed connections and others much less plugged in.
What drove spike in public comments on net neutrality? Likely, a comedian
While some evidence suggests that the amount of news media coverage mirrored that of the public’s comments on the FCC’s proposed net neutrality policy changes, our analysis found that more likely drivers of comments were grassroots efforts, as well as a popular comedian’s 13-minute segment on net neutrality that aired on cable television and found a large online audience.
Where was Ferguson in my Facebook feed?
There were big differences in the content related to Ferguson on Twitter and Facebook. Was the reason what users wanted from each, or the sites’ algorithms?
7 surprises about libraries in our surveys
As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research.
Can Twitter survive in a Facebook world? The key is being different
In November 2010, 8% of online adults used the platform. As of January 2014, 19% of online adults were using Twitter.
32 years ago, experts foresaw much of today’s digital world
In 1982, researchers studying the impact of nascent electronic-information services predicted much of what has since become commonplace.