8 conversations shaping technology
For SXSW, we gathered key facts about Americans’ views and uses of technology.
Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation
A majority of Americans predict that within 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work currently done by humans, but few expect their own jobs to experience substantial impacts.
The demographic digital divide is real and pervasive
Within nearly every country, Millennials (those ages 18 to 34) are much more likely to be internet and smartphone users compared with those ages 35 and older.
The strong relationship between per capita income and internet access, smartphone ownership
Internet and smartphone rates are also related to overall country wealth. Richer nations tend to have higher internet access rates and higher reported smartphone ownership.
Global Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage
While people in advanced economies are still more likely to own a smartphone and use the internet, those in the emerging world are closing these digital divides.
Emerging, developing countries gain ground in the tech revolution
People in emerging and developing nations are quickly catching up to those in advanced nations in terms of access to technology.
English-speaking Asian Americans stand out for their technology use
Discussions of the “digital divide” often touch on race and ethnicity – and the narrative is usually that whites lead in technology adoption while other racial or ethnic groups struggle to keep up. But that’s not the case for English-speaking Asian Americans.
More Americans using smartphones for getting directions, streaming TV
Smartphone use that goes beyond routine calls and text messages does not appear to be slowing.
Pew Research Center will call 75% cellphones for surveys in 2016
We’re making this change to ensure our survey samples properly represent the now roughly half (47%) of U.S. adults who only have a cellphone.
Lack of broadband can be a key obstacle, especially for job seekers
Americans view trouble in finding work or advancing one’s career as the most significant impediment facing those without broadband.