Pew Research CenterMarch 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.

Pew Research CenterDecember 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.

Pew Research CenterAugust 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.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 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 CenterMarch 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.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 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.

Pew Research CenterMay 7, 2009

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?

Pew Research CenterAugust 6, 2008

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%).

Pew Research CenterMay 18, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterDecember 31, 2007

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.