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.

Internet & Tech Dec. 28, 2010

Mobile Politics 2010

More than a quarter of American adults used their cell phones to learn about or participate in the 2010 midterm election campaign.

Dec. 17, 2010

Cell Phone Challenge for the Census

A newly released General Accounting Office review of Census Bureau follow-up efforts to reduce errors in the 2010 Census raises an issuefamiliar to survey researchers: How to reach the growing share of Americans who only have cell phones and not landlines.

Global Dec. 15, 2010

Global Publics Embrace Social Networking

Although still a relatively young technology, social networking is already a global phenomenon. A 22-nation survey finds that in regions around the world, people who use the internet are using it for social networking. Cell phone ownership and computer usage are also increasingly popular across the globe.

Internet & Tech Nov. 24, 2010

The Better-Off Online

Some 95% of Americans who live in households earning $75,000 or more a year use the internet at least occasionally, compared with 70% of those in households with less income. Even among all internet users, the well-off are more likely to own and use various types of technology.

Internet & Tech Nov. 4, 2010

Just Checking In: 4% Share Location with Mobile Device

Among online adults, 4% use a service such as Foursquare or Gowalla that allows them to share their location with friends and to find others who are nearby.

Internet & Tech Oct. 18, 2010

Mobile Health 2010

Among cell phone owners, 17% have used their phone to look up health information, including 29% of cell owners ages 18-29. Still, the internet plays a supplemental — though growing — role and mobile connectivity has not changed that.

Internet & Tech Oct. 14, 2010

Gadget Ownership

The cell phone — by a wide margin — is the most commonly owned piece of personal technology. Three-quarters of the public own a computer and nearly half own an mp3 player, while e-books remain a niche item. The average adult owns three of the seven gadgets asked about in the survey.

U.S. Politics Oct. 13, 2010

Cell Phones and Election Polls: An Update

Data from Pew Research Center polling this year suggest that the landline-only bias is as large, and potentially even larger, than it was in 2008.