Social Isolation and New Technology
A new study challenges previous research and commonplace fears about the harmful social impact of internet and cell phone use.
RT: More Americans Tweeting
One-in-five online Americans are now on Twitter. Those on social networking websites, mobile internet users and young adults have been most responsible for the proliferation of tweets.
Americans Researching the Recession Also Look for Digital Diversions
Most Americans who have turned to online sources for economic information have also used the internet to take their minds off of their financial troubles, especially younger online economic users.
Your Other Tube: Audience for Video-Sharing Sites Soars
The number of online adults who say they have visited an online-video site has nearly doubled since 2006, and outpaces other online pastimes such as social networking, downloading podcasts and tweeting. Watching video on sites such as YouTube is near-universal among young adults.
The State of Music Online: Ten Years after Napster
While Napster morphed from its lawless larval stage to a dues-paying music service, consumers have had their pick of surviving free, peer-to-peer applications. And while the music industry has been on the front lines of the battle to convert freeloaders into paying customers, their efforts have been watched closely by other digitized industries.
Online Classifieds Climb
The number of online adults to use classified ad websites, such as Craigslist, more than doubled from 2005 to 2009 devastating a key revenue source for traditional newspapers
Search: “Swine Flu”
The public ranks the internet most useful as a source of information on the virus. Where and how are people finding flu facts online?
Quiz: What Kind of Tech User Are You?
Do you cringe when your cell phone rings? Suffer withdrawal when you can’t check your BlackBerry? The Pew Internet & American Life Project typology can determine your tech type. Are you a Connector? A Productivity Enhancer? Take the test to find out.
Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference
Glance at any coffee shop, train station or airport boarding gate, and it is easy to see that mobile access to the internet is taking root in our society. A new Pew Internet Typology study divides information and communication technology users into 10 groups ranging from the “Digital Collaborators” and “Media Movers” to “Tech Indifferent” and “Off the Network.”
Generations Online in 2009
Contrary to the image of Generation Y as the “Net Generation,” internet users in their twenties do not dominate every aspect of online life. Gen X is the most likely to shop, bank and look for health information online. And larger percentages of older generations are doing many more activities online.