Internet & TechNovember 16, 2018

Public Attitudes Toward Computer Algorithms

Despite the growing presence of algorithms in daily life, the U.S. public expresses broad concerns over the fairness and effectiveness of computer programs making important decisions.

Internet & TechNovember 7, 2018

Many Turn to YouTube for Children’s Content, News, How-To Lessons

An analysis of videos suggested by the site’s recommendation engine finds that it directs users toward longer videos and more popular content.

Internet & TechOctober 24, 2018

8 facts about Americans and Facebook

Around two-thirds of U.S. adults use Facebook, and around four-in-ten get news from the social media platform. Facebook is popular among all demographic groups.

GlobalOctober 9, 2018

How African countries compare with others in internet use, mobile phone ownership, smartphone ownership and social media use

This sortable table provides data for levels of internet use, cellphone ownership, smartphone ownership and social media usage from 2013 to 2017 by country, highlighting the countries surveyed in sub-Saharan Africa.

GlobalOctober 9, 2018

Internet Connectivity Seen as Having Positive Impact on Life in Sub-Saharan Africa

Most in the region feel positively about the role the internet plays in their countries, but long-standing digital divides between internet haves and have-nots persist.

Internet & TechSeptember 28, 2018

Internet, social media use and device ownership in U.S. have plateaued after years of growth

The use of digital technology has had a long stretch of rapid growth in the United States, but the share of Americans who go online, use social media or own key devices has remained stable the past two years.

Internet & TechSeptember 17, 2018

5 facts about Americans and video games

Overall, 43% of U.S. adults say they often or sometimes play video games. Gaming is popular among teens – especially teenage boys.

Internet & TechSeptember 10, 2018

About a quarter of rural Americans say access to high-speed internet is a major problem

Fast, reliable internet service has become broadly essential. But 24% of rural U.S. adults say access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their community.

Internet & TechSeptember 5, 2018

Many Facebook users don’t understand how the site’s news feed works

Around half of U.S. adults who use Facebook say they do not understand why certain posts but not others are included in their news feed. Older users are particularly likely to say they do not understand the workings of the news feed.

Internet & TechSeptember 5, 2018

Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook

Just over half of Facebook users have adjusted privacy settings in the past year. Around four-in-ten have taken a break from checking for several weeks or more.