Key trends shaping technology in 2017
In the past year, Pew Research Center has explored a range of tech-related topics in the news – from online harassment to fake news to net neutrality. Here are some key findings from our research on these and other technology issues.
Sharing the News in a Polarized Congress
Political divides in the American news landscape do not end with Americans’ preferences for different news sources; rather, they extend to how members of the U.S. Congress communicate with constituents in the digital age.
More Americans are turning to multiple social media sites for news
About a quarter of all U.S. adults get news from two or more social media sites, up from 15% in 2013 and 18% in 2016.
The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online
Experts are split on whether the coming years will see less misinformation online. Those who foresee improvement hope for technological and societal solutions. Others say bad actors using technology can exploit human vulnerabilities.
In Trump’s first 100 days, news stories citing his tweets were more likely to be negative
News stories about the beginning of Trump administration’s presidency that included one of his tweets were more likely to have an overall negative assessment.
Key trends in social and digital news media
Read 10 key findings from recent Pew Research Center reports about today’s digital news media landscape.
Science News and Information Today
Overall, 36% of Americans get science news at least a few times a week and three-in-ten actively seek it. Most get science news from general news outlets, but more see specialty sources as being accurate.
About 6 in 10 young adults in U.S. primarily use online streaming to watch TV
The rise of online streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Go has dramatically altered the media habits of Americans, especially young adults.
News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017
Today, 67% of U.S. adults get at least some news on social media. Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat serve as sources of news for more of their users, though Facebook still leads as a source of news for Americans.
Nearly half of those who have been harassed online know their harasser
About one-in-four Americans who have been harassed online say an acquaintance was behind their most recent incident.