Internet & TechSeptember 11, 2017

How People Approach Facts and Information

People deal in varying ways with tensions about what information to trust and how much they want to learn. Some are interested and engaged with information; others are wary and stressed.

Media & NewsApril 27, 2017

Searching for News: The Flint water crisis

Many Americans turned to Google to learn about the Flint water crisis. An analysis of aggregated searches over time illustrates how, in today’s digital environment, public interest shifts as a story unfolds.

Pew Research CenterApril 27, 2017

Q&A: Using Google search data to study public interest in the Flint water crisis

Read an interview with Director of Journalism Research Amy Mitchell, who helped author the study.

Media & NewsFebruary 9, 2017

How Americans Encounter, Recall and Act Upon Digital News

A unique study of Americans’ online news habits over the course of a week provides a detailed window into how Americans learn about current events in the digital age.

Internet & TechDecember 7, 2016

Information Overload

Most Americans like their choices in today’s information-saturated world. But 20% feel overloaded, and there are stresses for those with fewer pathways to the internet or who feel they are expected to do too much information gathering.

Pew Research CenterMarch 22, 2016

Lifelong Learning and Technology

A large majority of Americans seek extra knowledge for personal and work-related reasons. Digital technology plays a notable role in these knowledge pursuits, but place-based learning remains vital to many.

Fact TankApril 18, 2014

When Easter and Christmas near, more Americans search online for “church”

More Americans search for “church” around Easter than at any other time, with the Christmas season usually ranking second, according to Google Trends data.

Media & NewsMarch 13, 2014

Social, Search and Direct

Direct visitors to 26 top news sites—those who type in the news outlet’s URL or have the address bookmarked—are far more engaged with that news than users who arrive from Facebook or a search engine, according to a new analysis of online traffic data.

Pew Research CenterMarch 13, 2014

Direct Visitors More Engaged with News Websites

Visitors who go directly to news websites spend about three times as long there as those who arrive via search engine or Facebook.

Pew Research CenterJuly 16, 2013

Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

A majority of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing and make teaching writing easier, but also worry that they are having some undesirable effects.