Reputation management has become a defining feature of online life, especially among younger Americans. Search engines and social media sites play a central role in building one's reputation. Many have begun changing privacy settings on profiles, customizing who can see what and deleting unwanted information online.
At a conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, Pew Research Center analysts and outside experts discussed research findings about the Millennial generation, the American teens and twenty-somethings now making the passage into adulthood. In this second of three sessions experts on media and technology examine how Millennials are seeking, sharing and creating information.
A survey of internet leaders and analysts finds they expect the phone to become a primary device for online access, artificial and virtual reality to become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself to improve. But they disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance or better home lives.
More and more online Americans are accessing data and applications, such as email and photos, that are stored in cyberspace.
Many Americans are jumping into the participatory Web without considering all the privacy implications.
Two-thirds (66%) of online Americans have purchased a product online, but many worry about the safety of financial and personal data.
A new survey challenges the assumption that libraries are no longer relevant, although the internet is now the most consulted information source.
Unlike footprints left in the sand, our online data trails often stick around long after the tide has gone out. And internet users have become more aware of information that remains connected to their name online.
While the number of teens made uncomfortable by an online experience with someone they do not know is relatively small, certain traits and activities are more likely to attract interactions with unknown individuals, whether unwanted or not.