U.S. PoliticsJanuary 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 & TechDecember 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 CenterDecember 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 & TechDecember 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 & TechOctober 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 & TechOctober 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 & TechSeptember 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.

Media & NewsSeptember 12, 2010

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.

Internet & TechAugust 27, 2010

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.

HispanicJuly 28, 2010

How Young Latinos Communicate with Friends in the Digital Age

While they still trail their non-Latino counterparts, young Latinos make extensive use of mobile technology. But use of cell phones and text messages differs notably among young Hispanics by nativity.