Q & A: Facebook ’Breaks’ and User Behavior
Our new report, “Coming and Going on Facebook,” explores the phenomenon of people taking breaks from the sites and their reasons. On Feb. 5, 2013, Pew Research’s Aaron Smith answered questions about the report on Facebook.
Coming and Going on Facebook
About six-in-ten of current Facebook users say at one time or another they have voluntarily taken a break from using Facebook for a period of several weeks or more.
Mobile Phones Assist More Holiday Shoppers In Stores
Nearly six in ten cell owners used their phone inside a physical store for assistance or guidance on a purchasing decision this holiday season.
Library Services in the Digital Age
The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits.
One-in-Three Turn to Internet for Medical Self-Diagnosis
Many have now added the internet to their personal health toolbox, helping themselves and their loved ones better understand what might be ailing them.
Digital Technologies Permeate Arts Organizations
A survey of a wide-ranging mix of U.S.-based arts organizations shows that the internet, social media, and mobile connectivity now permeate their operations and have changed the way they stage performances, mount and showcase their exhibits, engage their audiences, sell tickets, and raise funds.
Mobile Connections to Libraries
Some 13% of those ages 16 and older have visited library websites or otherwise accessed library services by mobile device. This is the first reading in a national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project on this subject.
Internet Access at Libraries
African-Americans and Latinos were more likely than whites to access the internet at their local library, as were parents of minor children, those under age 50, and those with some college experience.
E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines
The number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older to 23%. At the same time, the number of those who read printed books in the previous 12 months fell.
How Communities Differ in Their Reading Habits
Reading is foundational to learning and the information acquisition upon which people make decisions. For centuries, the capacity to read has been a benchmark of literacy and involvement in community life.