Pew Research CenterFebruary 5, 2013

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.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 5, 2013

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.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 28, 2013

Seven-in-Ten U.S. Adults Track a Health Indicator

Keeping notes on one’s health has been shown to be a tool for improving it, but up until now there has been no measure of how many people engage in this activity.

Pew Research CenterNovember 30, 2012

The Best and Worst of Mobile Phones

Mobile phone owners like the convenience and ease of connectivity the devices offer, but rue that they can be interrupted more easily, have to pay the bills, and face bad connections.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 9, 2012

The Tone of Life on Social Networking Sites

An overwhelming majority (85%) of the adults who use social media report that people are usually kind on the sites. At the same time, 49% have witnessed mean and offensive behavior and they usually respond by ignoring it.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 9, 2012

Young, Underemployed and Optimistic

A plurality of the American public believes that young adults are having the toughest time of any age group in today’s economy — and a lopsided majority says it’s more difficult for today’s young adults than it was for their parents’ generation to pay for college, find a job, buy a home or save for the future. But long-term economic optimism among young adults remains unscarred.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 3, 2012

Why Most Facebook Users Get More Than They Give

Most Facebook users receive more from their Facebook friends than they give, whether the measurement is the number of friend requests received, the use of the “like” button, the number of messages sent or tagging people in photos. The phenomenon is driven by a segment of “power users.”

Pew Research CenterJune 16, 2011

Social Networking Sites and Our Lives

Close to half of all adults now use social networking sites (SNS) — double the number users in 2008 — and the average user is getting older. Are there benefits associated with being connected to others in this way? A new study finds SNS users more trusting, engaged and able to keep close social ties.

Pew Research CenterAugust 19, 2010

The Fading Glory of the Television and Telephone

The TV and the landline phone are both losing their cachet in the digital age, as fewer consider them necessities. But while phones are being dumped, Americans are stocking up on ever more television sets — especially the big flat ones

Pew Research CenterJuly 22, 2010

Lost Income, Lost Friends — and Loss of Self-Respect

A new Pew Research Center survey finds the long-term unemployed are more likely than the short-term unemployed not only to have lost income, but also to have lost contact with close friends, suffered strains in family relations and lost some self-respect and confidence in their long-term career prospects.