Internet & Tech Oct. 13, 2010

Video Calling and Video Chat

Almost a fifth of American adults (19%) have tried video calling either online or via their cell phones. This translates into nearly a quarter (23%) of internet users and 7% of cell-phone owners who have participated in video calls, chats or teleconferences.

Media & News Sep. 27, 2010

Tech Times: Media Coverage of Technology

Much of the coverage of technology in the mainstream press split into competing story lines: that it makes life easier and that it is not secure. Social media, however, had a more positive focus on technological advancements. With regard to corporations, Apple was more covered than Google.

Internet & Tech Sep. 14, 2010

Rise of the ’Apps Culture’

While cell phone apps are popular among a segment of the adult cell phone using population, a notable number of cell owners are not yet a part of the emerging apps culture. But those who do download and use apps do so fairly frequently. Popular apps include entertainment (games, music, etc.) as well as those that provide information (maps, weather).

Media & News Sep. 12, 2010

A New Phase in Our Digital Lives

Some people describe it as The End of the Internet, though that is probably a misnomer. Others, at the risk of cliché, might call it News 3.0.

Internet & Tech Sep. 2, 2010

Adults, Cell Phones and Texting

Adults are increasingly using text messages to communicate, but they still text far less than teenagers, who send and receive, on average, five times more texts per day than adult texters.

Hispanic Jul. 28, 2010

How Young Latinos Communicate with Friends in the Digital Age

While they still trail their non-Latino counterparts, young Latinos make extensive use of mobile technology. But use of cell phones and text messages differs notably among young Hispanics by nativity.

Hispanic Jul. 27, 2010

Latino Digital Divide: Native Born vs. Foreign Born

While rates of internet and cell phone use among native-born Hispanics are relatively high, technology use for the full population of Hispanics continues to lag behind the use rates of the non-Hispanic population.

Internet & Tech Jul. 7, 2010

More Cell Phone Owners Use an App for That

While cell phone ownership has remained stable, today’s users are taking advantage of a much wider range of their phones’ capabilities (pictures, internet, music, etc.) compared with 2009.

Internet & Tech Jun. 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.

U.S. Politics May. 20, 2010

Assessing the Cell Phone Challenge

With fully a quarter of the U.S. adult population now relying solely on cell phone service, pollsters and other survey researchers face a difficult decision as to whether to include cell phones in their samples. A joint study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Internet & American Life Project takes an up-to-date look at the potential biases in findings based on landline-only surveys.