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Politics on Twitter: One-Third of Tweets From U.S. Adults Are Political

June 16, 2022

Pew Research Center conducted this study to gain insight into Twitter users' political engagement, attitudes and behaviors on the platform. For this analysis, we surveyed 2,548 U.S. adult Twitter users in May 2021 about their experiences on the site, as well as how they engage with politics outside of Twitter. Everyone who took part in this survey is a member of the Center's American Trends Panel (ATP) – an online survey panel that is recruited through national, random sampling of residential addresses – and indicated that they use Twitter. In addition to the survey findings, researchers from the Center also examined the actual Twitter profiles of a subset of survey participants who agreed to share their handles for research purposes. First, researchers collected all of the publicly visible tweets posted between May 2020 and May 2021 by these users. Researchers then used a machine learning classifier to identify which of those tweets mentioned politics or political concepts. Second, they collected a random sample of 2,859 accounts followed by at least one of these users – as well as all of the accounts followed by 20 or more respondents – and manually categorized them into different substantive categories based on their profile information.

Social Media Update 2013

December 30, 2013

Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now diversifying onto other platforms. Some 42% of online adults now use multiple social networking sites. In addition, Instagram users are nearly as likely as Facebook users to check in to the site on a daily basis.

Online Dating & Relationships

September 18, 2013

One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app themselves, and many people now know someone else who uses online dating or who has found a spouse or long-term partner via online dating. General public attitudes towards online dating have become much more positive in recent years, and social networking sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes to navigating and documenting romantic relationships. These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era, the first dedicated study of this subject by the Pew Research Center's Internet Project since 2005.

Home Broadband 2013

August 26, 2013

This report covers trends in broadband adoption and use. Some 70% of American adults have a high-speed broadband connection at home; an additional 10% of Americans lack home broadband but do own a smartphone. And 20% of Americans have neither a home broadband connection nor a smartphone.

6% of Online Adults are reddit Users

July 3, 2013

Six percent of online adults are reddit users, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. This is the first survey that specifically examines reddit as a standalone platform, and it finds that young men are especially likely to visit the site. Some 15% of male internet users ages 18-29 say that they use reddit, compared with 5% of women in the same age range and 8% of men ages 30-49.

Smartphone Ownership - 2013 Update

June 5, 2013

56% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind; Android and iPhone owners account for half of the cell phone user population. Higher income adults and those under age 35 lead the way when it comes to smartphone ownership.

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

May 21, 2013

Teens share a wide range of information about themselves on social media sites; indeed the sites themselves are designed to encourage the sharing of information and the expansion of networks. However, few teens embrace a fully public approach to social media. Instead, they take an array of steps to restrict and prune their profiles, and their patterns of reputation management on social media vary greatly according to their gender and network size.

The Best (and Worst) of Mobile Connectivity

November 30, 2012

Mobile phone owners like the convenience and ease of connectivity, but rue that they can be interrupted more easily, have to pay the bills, and face bad connections.Some 85% of American adults now own a cell phone of some kind, and these devices mean many things to their owners: an always-available link to friends and family, a pocket computer, or a time-saving tool -- even an actual telephone. When asked to describe in their own words what they like most about owning a cell phone:17% of cell owners say the best thing about their phone is that it is convenient.12% like the ability to call or talk with others at any time.11% like that their cell phone can help them get assistance in an emergency.9% say that using the internet, email, or apps is the best thing about their mobile phone.8% cite the ability to connect with family.

Buried Treasure: Freeing California Data to Improve Health Care

May 31, 2012

Highlights state and federal efforts to share health data collected from healthcare providers and public and private insurance plans with the public. Makes recommendations for California to take similar steps and outlines the benefits.

The Future of Money in a Mobile Age

April 17, 2012

Presents survey findings on technology experts' views on the integration of mobile technology with financial services via smart devices, predicted penetration of "mobile wallets" as of 2020 by generation, and the implications. Excerpts survey responses.

Digital Differences

April 13, 2012

Examines 2000-11 trends in Internet use, high-speed broadband access, methods of accessing the Internet, and online and mobile activities by gender, race/ethnicity, age, income, education, and disability status, as well as reasons for not going online.

The Tone of Life on Social Networking Sites

February 9, 2012

Presents survey findings about American adults' views of the social and emotional climate of social networking sites, including experiences of kind or unkind behavior, those that boosted or ended a friendship, and reactions to problems.