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.

Fact TankFebruary 27, 2014

Americans increasingly view the internet, cellphones as essential

Americans are growing more attached to modern digital technologies, such as cellphones and the internet, and less attached to traditional hardware, such as landline phones and televisions.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 27, 2014

The Web at 25

The World Wide Web, which turns 25 years old this March, is embedded in the lives of Americans: 87% now use the internet, up from just 14% in 1995. This explosive adoption has changed the way Americans get their news, perform their jobs, engage with their government and communicate with friends and family.

Fact TankFebruary 20, 2014

Q/A: How Pew Research mapped the conversations on Twitter

A conversation with Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Internet Project, about the project’s new report on mapping Twitter conversations.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 20, 2014

Mapping Twitter Conversation Networks

Conversations on Twitter create six distinct network structures that differ depending on the subject being discussed and the people driving the conversation.

Fact TankFebruary 20, 2014

The six types of Twitter conversations

Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet?

Pew Research CenterFebruary 11, 2014

How American Couples Use Technology

The internet, cell phones and social media have become key actors in the lives of many American couples. Technology is a source of support and communication as well as tension, and couples say it has both good and bad impacts on their relationships.

Fact TankFebruary 4, 2014

Facebook is a news source for many, but only incidentally

Unlike Twitter, which has developed into a go-to source for breaking news, only 28% of Facebook news consumers have ever used the service to track an unfolding news story. And even among that sub-subgroup, fewer than half (41%) said Facebook was among the first places they’d turn to keep up with a breaking news event.

Fact TankFebruary 4, 2014

Overseas users power Facebook’s growth; more going mobile-only

The number of Facebook users who log into the social-networking service or share content through it on any given day.