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.

Hispanic Feb. 9, 2011

Latinos and Digital Technology

Latinos are less likely than whites to access the internet, have a home broadband connection or own a cell phone. However, Hispanics and whites with similar socioeconomic characteristics have similar usage patterns for these technologies.

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.