Behind Facebook’s WhatsApp purchase: A global appetite for texting
A median of 78% of mobile phone owners in emerging countries used their devices for texting.
Which developing nation leads on mobile payments? Kenya
A majority of Kenyans make or receive payments using cell phones.
Interactive: Technology Use and National Income
Technology usage is strongly correlated with national income across the countries surveyed.
E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps
The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.
Texting while driving may be common, but it’s illegal in most states
Number of states that ban texting while driving.
Quiz: Online Dating: What’s Your View?
Technology, including online dating, is fundamentally changing the nature of relationships in America. See how your views about online dating stack up with the rest of the population.
Online Dating & Relationships
Attitudes about online dating have become more positive in recent years. Currently, one-in-ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app. However, many users also report negative experiences.
Tablet and E-reader Ownership
The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.
Video: The Rise of Online Video
A report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that online video is growing. 78% of online adults watch or download videos online, up from 69% in 2009, and the share of internet users who upload or post video online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today.
Americans Use Their Cellphones for Much More Than Phone Calls
Half of cell owners download apps to their phones and 48% listen to music services. Video calling has tripled since 2011, while texting remains a popular activity.