Internet & Tech Feb. 20, 2008

A Portrait of Early Internet Adopters: Why People First Went Online –and Why They Stayed

Technology has advanced and the size and composition of the internet population has changed, but the reasons internet users go online and the things they do while there have remained remarkably constant.

Internet & Tech Feb. 13, 2008

Online Shopping: Convenient but Risky

Two-thirds (66%) of online Americans have purchased a product online, but many worry about the safety of financial and personal data.

U.S. Politics Jan. 11, 2008

The Internet’s Broader Role in Campaign 2008

The internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the presidential races. Nearly a quarter of Americans say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the internet, almost double the percentage at a comparable point in 2004.

Internet & Tech Jan. 9, 2008

Online Video Audience Surges

A new survey finds a sharp rise in the number of viewers of YouTube and other internet video sites over the past year. Nearly half of online adults now say they have visited such sites.

Internet & Tech Dec. 31, 2007

In Search of Solutions: How People use the Internet, Libraries, and Government Agencies to Find Help

A new survey challenges the assumption that libraries are no longer relevant, although the internet is now the most consulted information source.

Internet & Tech Dec. 19, 2007

Teen Content Creators

Some 93% of teens use the internet, and more of them than ever are treating it as a venue for social interaction — a place where they can share creations, tell stories, and interact with others.

Internet & Tech Dec. 16, 2007

Digital Footprints: Online Identity Management and Search in the Age of Transparency

Unlike footprints left in the sand, our online data trails often stick around long after the tide has gone out. And internet users have become more aware of information that remains connected to their name online.

Pew Research Center Nov. 29, 2007

Immigration Takes Center Stage at GOP YouTube Debate

In a format the public says it prefers — “regular people,” not journalists, posing the questions — immigration emerged as the hot-button issue. Were the candidates’ answers in sync with GOP voters’ opinions?

Internet & Tech Oct. 17, 2007

Broadband: What’s All the Fuss About?

The impacts of high-speed connections extend beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons.

Internet & Tech Oct. 9, 2007

E-patients with a Disability or Chronic Disease

Just half of adults with chronic conditions use the internet; but once online, they are avid consumers of health information.