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.
Home Broadband 2015
The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued: It now stands at 67%, down slightly from 70% in 2013. At the same time, more Americans rely only on their smartphones for online access.
Smartphone, computer or tablet? 36% of Americans own all three
For many Americans, one device isn’t enough.
Technology Device Ownership: 2015
Smartphone and tablet ownership continues to rise, while the adoption of some digital devices has slowed and even declined in recent years.
Social Media Usage: 2005-2015
Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began tracking social media usage in 2005.
Libraries at the Crossroads
Americans believe libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years.
Americans’ Internet Access: 2000-2015
The share of all adults who use the internet rose from 52% in 2000 to 84% today. For the young, highly educated, and affluent, internet access is all but a given. Meanwhile, adoption among lower-access groups has steadily risen, but digital gaps remain.
For vast majority of seniors who own one, a smartphone equals ‘freedom’
Although seniors tend to lag their younger counterparts in tech adoption, more seniors than those 18-29 describe their smartphone as liberating.
Cell Phones in Africa a Communication Lifeline
The proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.
The smartphone: An essential travel guide
Americans are turning to their mobile devices to help them get from one place to another; navigation while driving is especially popular.