Many experts say public online spaces will significantly improve by 2035 if reformers, big technology firms, governments and activists tackle the problems created by misinformation, disinformation and toxic discourse. Others expect continuing troubles as digital tools and forums are used to exploit people’s frailties, stoke their rage and drive them apart.
Nine-in-ten Americans say the internet has been essential or important to them, many made video calls and 40% used technology in new ways. But while tech was a lifeline for some, others faced struggles.
Here’s a look at how adults in the United States see cancel culture, political correctness and related issues, based on the Center’s surveys.
Roughly four-in-ten Americans have experienced online harassment, with half of this group citing politics as the reason they think they were targeted.
Two-thirds of parents in the U.S. say parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technologies – like social media or smartphones – as a reason.
From distractions to jealousy, how Americans navigate cellphones and social media in their romantic relationships.
Majorities of U.S. adults believe their personal data is less secure now, that data collection poses more risks than benefits, and that it is not possible to go through daily life without being tracked.
U.S. adults explain – in their own words – what they think cancel culture means.
Today around seven-in-ten Americans use social media to connect with one another, engage with news content, share information and entertain themselves. Explore the demographic patterns and trends shaping the social media landscape.
Test your knowledge on digital topics and terms by taking our 10-question quiz, then see how your answers compare to our nationally-representative survey.