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More Than Half of U.S. Adults Trust Law Enforcement to Use Facial Recognition Responsibly
The ability of governments and law enforcement agencies to monitor the public using facial recognition was once the province of dystopian science fiction. But modern technology is increasingly bringing versions of these scenarios to life.
Why survey estimates of the number of Americans online don’t always agree
How many U.S. adults use the internet? There are a lot of sources with answers to this question. Yet these different sources can be tricky to reconcile.
Most U.S. teens who use cellphones do it to pass time, connect with others, learn new things
Most cellphone-using teens say their phone is a way to pass time. Similarly large shares use their phone to connect with others or learn new things.
Pluralities in most emerging economies believe government should ensure equal internet access
A median of 65% across 11 emerging economies say it is the government’s responsibility to ensure equal access to reliable internet service.
In Emerging Economies, Smartphone and Social Media Users Have Broader Social Networks
Smartphone users in emerging economies – especially those who use social media – tend to be more exposed to people with different backgrounds and more connected with friends they don’t see in person.
Smartphones help blacks, Hispanics bridge some – but not all – digital gaps with whites
Black and Hispanic adults remain less likely than whites to own a computer or have high speed internet at home. But smartphones are helping to bridge these differences.
46% of U.S. social media users say they are ‘worn out’ by political posts and discussions
Well before the 2020 election, many U.S. social media users are already exhausted by how many political posts they see on these platforms.
10 facts about Americans and Twitter
Around one-in-five U.S. adults say they use Twitter. Users tend to be younger and to have more education and higher incomes than adults overall.
Americans have become much less positive about tech companies’ impact on the U.S.
Negative views of technology companies’ impact on the country have nearly doubled since 2015, from 17% to 33%.
About three-in-ten U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly’ online
As mobile devices have become more widespread, the share of American adults saying that they go online "almost constantly" has increased since 2015.
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