Internet & TechJun 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 & TechMay 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.

Internet & TechMar 1, 2011

How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems

Studies in three cities show that if people believe their local government shares information well, they also feel good about their town and its civic institutions. Those who are avid information consumers from news media and online sources are more likely to be involved and feel they have impact.

Internet & TechFeb 28, 2011

Peer-to-Peer Health Care

About one-in-five internet users have gone online to find others who have health concerns similar to theirs. Those with chronic conditions are even more likely to reach out to peers for health information. Still, most turn to health professionals when in need of medical information.

Internet & TechJan 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 & TechJul 2, 2010

The Future of Online Socializing

The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts. Email, social networks, and other online tools offer low friction opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people’s lives and lower traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time.

Internet & TechJun 9, 2010

Neighbors Online

While nearly half of Americans still talk face-to-face with their neighbors, one in five now use digital tools to communicate with neighbors and monitor community developments.

Internet & TechNov 4, 2009

Social Isolation and New Technology

A new study challenges previous research and commonplace fears about the harmful social impact of internet and cell phone use.

Internet & TechMay 22, 2009

Online Classifieds Climb

The number of online adults to use classified ad websites, such as Craigslist, more than doubled from 2005 to 2009 devastating a key revenue source for traditional newspapers

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Internet & TechJan 14, 2009

Social Networks Grow: Friending Mom and Dad

The share of adult internet users who have a profile on a social networking site has more than quadrupled in the past four years.