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.
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.
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.
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.
Generations Online in 2010
Even in online pursuits still dominated by Millennials — such as social networking use — older generations are making notable gains.
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.
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.
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.
A New Phase in Our Digital Lives
Some people describe it as The End of the Internet, though that is probably a misnomer. Others, at the risk of cliché, might call it News 3.0.
Older Adults and Social Media
The number of older adults on Facebook and other social networking sites has roughly doubled in the past year. About half of internet users ages 50-64 and one-in-four users ages 65 and older now log onto social networks.