Those who are active in church, religious, or spiritual organizations are often more deeply involved in their communities than those who are not members of such groups.
The internet is the source that people most rely on for material about the local business scene and search engines are particularly valued. Newspapers and word of mouth also rank high as sources.
Americans are increasingly going online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time.
Social networking sites are appealing as a way to maintain contact with close ties and reconnect with old friends.
How American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenship"
The share of cell phone owners who download apps nearly doubles in two years, but just 46% of downloaders have paid for an app.
Citizens' media habits are surprisingly varied as newspapers, TV, the internet, newsletters, and old-fashioned word-of-mouth compete for attention. Different platforms serve different audience needs.
31% of text message users prefer texting to voice calls, and young adults stand out in their use of text messaging.
Peer-to-peer healthcare is a way for people to do what they have always done - lend a hand, lend an ear, lend advice - but at internet speed and at internet scale.
55% of smartphone owners use their phones to get location-based directions or recommendations, while geosocial services and location-tagging features are less popular.