Millennials have often led older Americans in their adoption and use of technology. But there has also been significant growth in tech adoption in recent years among older generations.
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.
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.
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.
Today, 37% of Americans go online mostly using a smartphone, and these devices are increasingly cited as a reason for not having a high-speed internet connection at home.
Rural Americans have made large gains in adopting digital technology over the past decade, but they generally remain less likely than urban or suburban adults to have home broadband or own a smartphone.
Many who use social media say they regularly see false or misleading content, but also view these platforms as offering new avenues for political engagement.
What is the internet? Who is an internet user? Research suggests that some people who use the internet may not be aware that they’re doing so.
Mobile phone users see a mix of benefits and pitfalls related to their devices, and Facebook and WhatsApp are among the most widely used digital platforms.
Facebook and WhatsApp are the most widely used social media platforms and messaging applications in 11 countries around the world.