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.
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.
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.
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.
How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions
Roughly half of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s screen time. But parents face their own challenges of device-related distraction.
More Americans anticipate downsides than upsides from gene editing for babies
About half of Americans believe that within the next 50 years science will find a way to eliminate virtually all birth defects through gene editing. Yet majorities of Americans harbor at least some reservations about the impact on society of more widespread use of gene editing.
Use of mobile devices for news continues to grow, outpacing desktops and laptops
Roughly six-in-ten U.S. adults often get news on a mobile device, 19 percentage points higher than the 39% who often get news on a desktop or laptop computer.
Stories From Experts About the Impact of Digital Life
While many technology experts and scholars have concerns about the social, political and economic fallout from the spread of digital activities, they also tend to report that their own experience of digital life has been positive.
Explore global rates of internet use, smartphone ownership and social media use over time
This sortable table provides data for levels of internet use, smartphone ownership and social media usage from 2013 to 2017 by country.
Social Media Use Continues to Rise in Developing Countries but Plateaus Across Developed Ones
As people in advanced economies reach the upper bounds of internet penetration, the digital divide continues to narrow between wealthy and developing countries.