Fact Tank Apr. 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 & News Mar. 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.

Internet & Tech Jul. 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.

Internet & Tech Jan. 31, 2013

Mobile Phones Assist More Holiday Shoppers In Stores

Nearly six in ten cell owners used their phone inside a physical store for assistance or guidance on a purchasing decision this holiday season.

Internet & Tech Mar. 9, 2012

Most Search Engine Users Disapprove of Use of Personal Data for Targeted Advertising

Even though online Americans are more satisfied than ever with the performance of search engines, strong majorities have negative views of personalized search results and targeted ads.

Internet & Tech Dec. 14, 2011

Where People Get Information About Restaurants and Other Local Businesses

People looking for information about local restaurants and other businesses say they rely on the internet, especially search engines, ahead of any other source.

Internet & Tech Aug. 9, 2011

Search and Email Still the Most Popular Online Activities

As they have done for nearly a decade, email and search form the core of online communication and online information gathering, respectively, even as new platforms, broadband and mobile devices continue to reshape the way Americans use the internet and web.

Internet & Tech Sep. 29, 2010

Attention Shoppers: Online Product Research

Nearly six-in-ten adults have done research online about the products and services they buy, and about a quarter have posted comments or reviews online about the things they buy.

Pew Research Center Mar. 22, 2010

Does Google affect the way people get their news?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Internet & Tech Feb. 19, 2010

Does Google Make Us Stupid?

Experts and stakeholders say the internet will enhance — not degrade — our intelligence. It will also change the functions of reading and writing and be built around still-unanticipated gadgetry and applications.