The Online Mall: How People Do – and Don’t – Use the Internet in Making Purchasing Decisions
A new Pew Internet Project study finds that going online helps people sort through product choices, but it is not the place where people usually close the deal for housing, cell phones or even music.
Info on the Go: Mobile Access to Data and Information
A new Pew Internet survey finds that 62% of all U.S. adults are now part of a wireless, mobile population.
Seeding The Cloud: What Mobile Access Means for Usage Patterns and Online Content
Groups that have trailed in “traditional” internet access are in a better position to shape cyberspace as wireless devices make it more accessible.
Fast, Mobile Internet Access Adds to Privacy Problems
Many Americans are jumping into the participatory Web without considering all the privacy implications.
The Impact of “Cell-Onlys” on Public Opinion Polls
A new Pew study finds that on key political measures such as presidential approval, Iraq policy, presidential primary voter preference and party affiliation, respondents reached on cell phones hold attitudes very similar to those reached on landline telephones.
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.
Don’t Blame Me: It’s the Phone’s Fault!
Many internet and cell phone users find devices and applications too complicated or hardly worth the trouble. Here are some ideas to address those problems.
How Serious Is Polling’s Cell-Only Problem?
The landline-less are different from regular telephone users in many of their opinions and their numbers are growing fast. Can survey researchers meet this challenge?
What’s Missing from National RDD Surveys? The Impact of the Growing Cell-Only Population
The number of cell-phone-only households has continued to grow — 12.8% of all households by the end of 2006, according to the National Health Interview Survey. While the noncoverage problem is currently not damaging estimates for the entire population, a study finds evidence that it does create biased estimates on certain variables for young adults, 25% of whom are cell-only.
A Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users
The advent of Web 2.0 invites users to participate in the commons of cyberspace. Yet little is known about which segments of the population are inclined to make robust use of the new technologies and which aren’t. Using data from a new survey, the Pew Internet & American Life project has developed a typology of people’s relationship to information and communications technology.