Internet User Profiles Reloaded
A new look at internet users finds 74% of Americans online, 60% using broadband at home and 55% surfing the Web wirelessly.
Latinos Online: Narrowing the Gap
From 2006 to 2008, internet use among Latino adults rose by 10 percentage points, from 54% to 64%, compared with a 4-percentage-point rise among whites and a 2-percentage-point rise among blacks. The growth among Latinos was driven mainly by increased usage by the foreign born and those with lower incomes — groups that have low rates of online activity.
More and More Teens on Cell Phones
Significantly behind just a few years ago, teens are quickly catching up to adults in cell phone ownership. Few demographic differences exist among teens in use, with one exception: age. A sharp increase in ownership occurs at age 14, right at the transition from middle to high school.
Accessing the internet is now a multiplatform affair with 56% of all Americans having accessed the internet by wireless means.
Home Broadband Adoption 2009
Strong growth among senior citizens and rural residents has pushed the number of Americans with high-speed internet connections to 63%, up from 55% in 2008. But African Americans experienced their second consecutive year of below-average broadband adoption growth.
Quiz: What Kind of Tech User Are You?
Do you cringe when your cell phone rings? Suffer withdrawal when you can’t check your BlackBerry? The Pew Internet & American Life Project typology can determine your tech type. Are you a Connector? A Productivity Enhancer? Take the test to find out.
Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference
Glance at any coffee shop, train station or airport boarding gate, and it is easy to see that mobile access to the internet is taking root in our society. A new Pew Internet Typology study divides information and communication technology users into 10 groups ranging from the “Digital Collaborators” and “Media Movers” to “Tech Indifferent” and “Off the Network.”
Generations Online in 2009
Contrary to the image of Generation Y as the “Net Generation,” internet users in their twenties do not dominate every aspect of online life. Gen X is the most likely to shop, bank and look for health information online. And larger percentages of older generations are doing many more activities online.
Stimulating Broadband: If Obama Builds It, Will They Log on?
Investment in broadband has become part of the broader discussion about President Obama’s economic stimulus package; Pew Internet Project surveys suggest that expanding access may take longer than some advocates anticipate.
Future of the Internet III: How the Experts See It
A survey of internet leaders and analysts finds they expect the phone to become a primary device for online access, artificial and virtual reality to become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself to improve. But they disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance or better home lives.