Pew Research CenterJuly 2, 2010

The Future of Online Socializing

The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts. Email, social networks, and other online tools offer low friction opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people’s lives and lower traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time.

Pew Research CenterJune 30, 2010

Infographic: How the Great Recession Has Changed Life in America

Interactive graphic that charts the impact of the “Great Recession” on Americans. Polling data with breakdowns by age, education, race, gender and political affiliation.

Pew Research CenterJune 29, 2010

The Great Recession at 30 Months

More than half (55%) of adults in the labor force say that since the economic slump began 30 months ago, they have suffered a spell of unemployment, a cut in pay, a reduction in hours or have become involuntary part-time workers; the recession has also led to a new frugality and diminished expectations about retirement and their children’s future.

Pew Research CenterJune 18, 2010

Adults Text While Driving Too!

Adults are just as likely as teens to have texted while driving and are substantially more likely to have talked on a cell phone while driving.

Pew Research CenterApril 1, 2010

Broad Public Support For Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they favor their state allowing the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes. Support spans all major political and demographic groups. There is less support for general legalization, but the proportion supporting legalizing marijuana use has continued to rise over the past two decades.

Pew Research CenterAugust 12, 2009

Forty Years After Woodstock, A Gentler Generation Gap

They have different values, beliefs and lifestyles, but young and old today are disagreeing without being disagreeable, a new Pew Research survey finds. They also share a fondness for Woodstock-era rock and roll.

Pew Research CenterAugust 7, 2009

Go West, Old Man

Searching for a modern fountain of youth? American’s West has the highest concentration of older adults who don’t think of themselves as old. Older Westerners also feel healthier and get more exercise than older folks elsewhere.

Pew Research CenterJuly 29, 2009

Nap Time

Feeling drowsy? You’re not alone. On a typical day, a third of the adults (34%) in the United States take a nap.

Pew Research CenterJune 29, 2009

Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality

Getting old isn’t nearly as bad as people think it will be. Nor is it quite as good. A new Pew Research social trends survey finds a sizeable gap between expectations and actual experiences.

Pew Research CenterJune 11, 2009

The Shared Search for Health Information on the Internet

While most Americans still turn to a doctor for health information, a growing number research and discuss medical issues on the internet. Fully 61% have gone online for health info — up from 25% in 2000 — and most report positive experiences. More adults are turning to the internet for fitness and exercise information as well.