36% of adult smartphone owners use messaging apps, while 17% use apps that automatically delete sent messages. These types of apps are adding to an already complex terrain of digital and social communication. Meanwhile, social media platforms continue to attract dedicated users.
American teens don't just make friends in the schoolyard or neighborhood — many are finding new friends online. Video games, social media and mobile phones play an integral role in how teens meet and interact.
This report provides a deeper examination of views about key science topics by members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Social media networks have become vital channels for Americans' daily interactions. Our new report explores how parents turn to these networks for parenting-related information and social support.
The general public’s political views are strongly linked to their attitudes on climate and energy issues. But politics is a less important factor when it comes to biomedical, food safety and space issues.
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.
Many Americans want control over their personal information and freedom from observation during the activities of their daily lives, but they are not confident that the government agencies or businesses that collect data about them can keep that information private and secure.
Many hope that more transparency and data sharing will help journalists, make officials more accountable and improve decisions. But very few think agencies are doing a great job of providing useful data.
Smartphones are fueling a shift in the communication landscape for teens. Nearly three-quarters of teens now use smartphones and 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly.”
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans own a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011. Today, 19% rely to some extent on a smartphone for internet access, but connectivity for these users is frequently tenuous.