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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.