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.
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.
Search: “Swine Flu”
The public ranks the internet most useful as a source of information on the virus. Where and how are people finding flu facts online?
Search Soars, Challenging Email as a Favorite Internet Activity
The percentage of internet users who use search engines on a typical day has been steadily rising from about one-third of all users in 2002, to a new high of just under one-half (49%).
The Online Mall: How People Do – and Don’t – Use the Internet in Making Purchasing Decisions
A new Pew Internet Project study finds that going online helps people sort through product choices, but it is not the place where people usually close the deal for housing, cell phones or even music.
In Search of Solutions: How People use the Internet, Libraries, and Government Agencies to Find Help
A new survey challenges the assumption that libraries are no longer relevant, although the internet is now the most consulted information source.
Digital Footprints: Online Identity Management and Search in the Age of Transparency
Unlike footprints left in the sand, our online data trails often stick around long after the tide has gone out. And internet users have become more aware of information that remains connected to their name online.
Internet Users In Search of a Home
More than a quarter of all adults in the U.S. — and more than half of 18-29 year olds — have looked online for information about housing, double the overall number of Americans who had done so in 2000.
Seeking Health Online
Most of the millions of Americans who turn to the web for health information are pleased by what they find — though few check the quality of the information.