Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2014

About 1 in 5 victims of online harassment say it happened in the comments section

While social media sites were the most common place noted for online harassment in a recent Pew Research Center survey, about a fifth of internet users cited website comments sections as places where they had that experience.

Internet & Tech Jan. 4, 2013

Digital Technologies Permeate Arts Organizations

A survey of a wide-ranging mix of U.S.-based arts organizations shows that the internet, social media, and mobile connectivity now permeate their operations and have changed the way they stage performances, mount and showcase their exhibits, engage their audiences, sell tickets, and raise funds.

Internet & Tech Oct. 19, 2012

4-in-10 Adults Use Social Networking to Engage in Political or Civil Activities

The use of social media is becoming a feature of political and civic engagement for many Americans. A new report examines who is more likely to use social media to express their views, react to others’ postings, follow candidates and ‘like’ and share others’ content.

Internet & Tech Sep. 26, 2012

How people get local news and information in different communities

Urban residents are more likely to use mobile and online sources, suburbanites are most heavily into social media, and rural residents are more inclined to word of mouth sources.

Internet & Tech May. 30, 2012

Networked: The New Social Operating System

In their new book, “Networked,” Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, and Barry Wellman show how the large, loosely knit social circles of networked individuals expand opportunities for learning, problem solving, decision making and personal interaction.

Internet & Tech Apr. 12, 2012

72% of Americans Follow Local News Closely

Most adults follow local news closely, and local newspapers are by far the source they rely on for much of the local information they need.

Internet & Tech Dec. 23, 2011

The Civic and Community Engagement of Religiously Active Americans

Religiously active Americans are more tied to many civic and other organizations than non-religious Americans. Many report that their use of technology helps them in their group activities.

Internet & Tech Nov. 15, 2011

Why Americans Use Social Media

The top reason cited by adults for using social media is to maintain connections with family and friends. Social media users also say these platforms help connect them to old friends with whom they’ve lost touch.

Internet & Tech Jun. 16, 2011

Social Networking Sites and Our Lives

Close to half of all adults now use social networking sites (SNS) — double the number users in 2008 — and the average user is getting older. Are there benefits associated with being connected to others in this way? A new study finds SNS users more trusting, engaged and able to keep close social ties.

Internet & Tech May. 12, 2011

The Social Life of Health Information, 2011

Eight-in-ten internet users have looked online for health information such as a specific disease or treatment, and an increasing number are sharing their own medical experiences and thoughts on the internet.