Internet & TechJune 27, 2011

E-reader Ownership Doubles in Six Months

The share of U.S. adults who own an e-book reader — such as Kindle or Nook — doubled to 12% in May 2011 from 6% in November 2010. This is the first time that ownership of this device has reached double digits among adults.

Internet & TechMay 30, 2011

Internet Phone Calls

After years of modest activity, online phone calling has taken off as a quarter of American adult internet users (24%) have placed phone calls online. That amounts to 19% of all American adults.

HispanicFebruary 9, 2011

Latinos and Digital Technology

Latinos are less likely than whites to access the internet, have a home broadband connection or own a cell phone. However, Hispanics and whites with similar socioeconomic characteristics have similar usage patterns for these technologies.

Internet & TechFebruary 3, 2011

Generations and Gadgets

While many tech devices have become popular across generations, Millennials are by far the most likely group not only to own most gadgets, but also to take advantage of a wider range of functions on those devices.

Internet & TechDecember 16, 2010

Generations Online in 2010

Even in online pursuits still dominated by Millennials — such as social networking use — older generations are making notable gains.

GlobalDecember 15, 2010

Global Publics Embrace Social Networking

Although still a relatively young technology, social networking is already a global phenomenon. A 22-nation survey finds that in regions around the world, people who use the internet are using it for social networking. Cell phone ownership and computer usage are also increasingly popular across the globe.

Internet & TechNovember 24, 2010

The Better-Off Online

Some 95% of Americans who live in households earning $75,000 or more a year use the internet at least occasionally, compared with 70% of those in households with less income. Even among all internet users, the well-off are more likely to own and use various types of technology.

Internet & TechOctober 14, 2010

Gadget Ownership

The cell phone — by a wide margin — is the most commonly owned piece of personal technology. Three-quarters of the public own a computer and nearly half own an mp3 player, while e-books remain a niche item. The average adult owns three of the seven gadgets asked about in the survey.

August 19, 2010

The Fading Glory of the Television and Telephone

The TV and the landline phone are both losing their cachet in the digital age, as fewer consider them necessities. But while phones are being dumped, Americans are stocking up on ever more television sets — especially the big flat ones

Internet & TechAugust 11, 2010

Broadband 2010: A Big Slowdown

Broadband adoption slowed dramatically in 2010 across a range of demographic groups with African Americans a major exception. But 53% of Americans don’t place a high priority on government efforts to spread high-speed access.