Internet & Tech Feb. 3, 2011

Generations and Gadgets

While many tech devices have become popular across generations, Millennials are by far the most likely group not only to own most gadgets, but also to take advantage of a wider range of functions on those devices.

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 Jan. 18, 2011

Social Side of the Internet

The internet is having a wide-ranging impact on Americans’ engagement with civic, social and religious organizations, as groups and their members use digital tools — such as Facebook and Twitter — to bind themselves together and pursue goals.

U.S. Politics Jan. 4, 2011

Internet Gains on Television as Public’s Main News Source

Television remains the most widely used source for news, but it is less popular among all age groups. More people continue to cite the internet than newspapers as their main source of news, and for the first time, online news has surpassed TV news among young adults.

Internet & Tech Dec. 30, 2010

Cash for Content Online

Nearly two-thirds of internet users have paid to download or access online content, ranging from music to games to news articles.

Pew Research Center Dec. 29, 2010

How accurate are online polls?

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 Dec. 16, 2010

Generations Online in 2010

Even in online pursuits still dominated by Millennials — such as social networking use — older generations are making notable gains.

Internet & Tech Oct. 14, 2010

Gadget Ownership

The cell phone — by a wide margin — is the most commonly owned piece of personal technology. Three-quarters of the public own a computer and nearly half own an mp3 player, while e-books remain a niche item. The average adult owns three of the seven gadgets asked about in the survey.

Internet & Tech Oct. 13, 2010

Video Calling and Video Chat

Almost a fifth of American adults (19%) have tried video calling either online or via their cell phones. This translates into nearly a quarter (23%) of internet users and 7% of cell-phone owners who have participated in video calls, chats or teleconferences.

Internet & Tech Sep. 29, 2010

Attention Shoppers: Online Product Research

Nearly six-in-ten adults have done research online about the products and services they buy, and about a quarter have posted comments or reviews online about the things they buy.