Social Networking Fact Sheet
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to social networking
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Newtown Sparks Calls for Gun Reform in Social Media, Opinion Pages
The shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school last week triggered a conversation different from other recent U.S. gun tragedies.
Social Networking Popular Across Globe
Many global publics use social networking sites to share their views on popular culture. Expressing opinions about politics, community issues and religion is particularly common in the Arab world.
Infographic: The Rise of Digital Politics: Social Media, Mobile Devices and the Campaign
The growth of social media and rapid adoption of internet-enable mobile devices have changed the way Americans engage in the political process. An infographic provides a summary of the latest data from national surveys taken during the 2012 campaign.
Parents Concerned About Teens’ Online Activities and Privacy
Most parents of teenagers are concerned about what their teenage children do online and how their behavior could be monitored by others.
One-in-Five Registered Voters Talk About How They Voted on Social Media
Fully 22% of registered voters have told others how they voted on a social networking site, while 30% have been encouraged to vote for a candidate by family and friends and 20% have encouraged others to vote.
4-in-10 Adults Use Social Networking to Engage in Political or Civil Activities
The use of social media is becoming a feature of political and civic engagement for many Americans. A new report examines who is more likely to use social media to express their views, react to others’ postings, follow candidates and ‘like’ and share others’ content.
Privacy Management on Social Media Sites
Two-thirds of online adults have a profile on a social networking site, and most restrict access to friends only. Social network users also are becoming more active in pruning and managing their accounts.
Many Voters Use Cell Phones to Follow Election, Participate in Politics
As of late September, 88% of registered voters own a cell phone of some kind-and significant numbers of these voters are using their mobile devices to get information about the 2012 election, to interact with the campaigns, and to converse with other voters about political issues: 27% of registered voters who own a cell phone […]
In Changing News Landscape, Even Television Is Vulnerable
There are signs that television news — like the print news sources before it — may be losing its hold on the next generation of news consumers. Online and digital news consumption continues to increase, driven by expanding use of mobile devices and the rise of social networking sites.
Photos and Videos are Key Social Currency Online
Fully 46% of internet users post original photos and videos online and 41% curate photos and videos on image-sharing sites. Women are more likely than men to use Pinterest, while Instagram and Tumblr attract equal shares of men and women.