Internet & Tech Sep. 19, 2011

A Third of Text Message Users Prefer Them to Voice Calls

About three-in-ten text message users prefer texting to voice calls, and young adults stand out in their use of text messaging.

Internet & Tech Sep. 6, 2011

28% of U.S. Adults Use Mobile and Social Location-Based Services

Just over half of smartphone owners use their phones to get directions or recommendations based on their location; geosocial services and location-tagging features are less popular.

Internet & Tech Aug. 15, 2011

Americans and Their Cell Phones

Mobile phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information-seeking and communicating: 83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone. While cellphones are useful for a wide variety of tasks, owners say they also come with some disadvantages.

Internet & Tech Jul. 11, 2011

35% of American Adults Own a Smartphone

Smartphones have captured a significant share of the cellphone market in the U.S. and a quarter of owners say they go on line mostly using their device.

Internet & Tech Jun. 27, 2011

E-reader Ownership Doubles in Six Months

The share of U.S. adults who own an e-book reader — such as Kindle or Nook — doubled to 12% in May 2011 from 6% in November 2010. This is the first time that ownership of this device has reached double digits among adults.

Internet & Tech Mar. 14, 2011

Closing the Local News ‘App Gap’

Local news is going mobile. Nearly half of all American adults (47%) report that they get at least some local news and information on their cellphone or tablet computer. But just 13% of all mobile device owners report having an app that helps them get local information or news.

Hispanic Feb. 9, 2011

Latinos and Digital Technology

Latinos are less likely than whites to access the internet, have a home broadband connection or own a cell phone. However, Hispanics and whites with similar socioeconomic characteristics have similar usage patterns for these technologies.

Pew Research Center Feb. 7, 2011

To what degree does my having only a cell phone restrict my availability for surveys?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Internet & Tech Feb. 3, 2011

Generations and Gadgets

While many tech devices have become popular across generations, Millennials are by far the most likely group not only to own most gadgets, but also to take advantage of a wider range of functions on those devices.

Internet & Tech Jan. 18, 2011

Social Side of the Internet

The internet is having a wide-ranging impact on Americans’ engagement with civic, social and religious organizations, as groups and their members use digital tools — such as Facebook and Twitter — to bind themselves together and pursue goals.