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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.

Teens and Technology 2013

March 13, 2013

Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are "cell-mostly" internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.In overall internet use, youth ages 12-17 who are living in lower-income and lower-education households are still somewhat less likely to use the internet in any capacity -- mobile or wired. However, those who fall into lower socioeconomic groups are just as likely and in some cases more likely than those living in higher income and more highly educated households to use their cell phone as a primary point of access.

Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites

December 9, 2011

Analyzes survey findings about how teenagers navigate the world of "digital citizenship," including experiences of, reactions to, and sources of advice about online cruelty; privacy controls and practices; and levels of parental regulation.

65% of Online Adults Use Social Networking Sites

August 26, 2011

Presents survey findings about trends in Americans' use of and attitudes toward social networking sites by gender, age, race/ethnicity, income, education, and location type.

Older Adults and Social Media

August 27, 2010

Presents survey findings on the growing use of social networking sites among Americans age 50 and older, as well as their other online activities, and considers possible factors behind the trend. Compares trends by age group and broadband access.

Adults and Cell Phone Distractions

June 18, 2010

Presents survey findings on adults' use of cell phones while driving or walking, including being a passenger in situations in which the drivers' cell phone use put themselves or others in danger. Compares results by gender and age group.

Reputation Management and Social Media: How People Monitor Their Identity and Search for Others Online

May 26, 2010

Based on a survey, analyzes trends in how adults maintain online reputations, including monitoring via search engines and customizing privacy settings on profiles by age group. Examines the role of online information in employment and social interactions.

Teens and Distracted Driving

November 16, 2009

Presents survey findings on teenagers' ownership and use of cell phones for text messaging and incidence of texting or calling while driving; of riding with distracted drivers, including parents; and of distracted drivers endangering themselves or others.

The Audience for Online Video-Sharing Sites Shoots Up

July 29, 2009

Presents survey findings on Americans' use of online video portals such as YouTube and Google Video. Analyzes trends by age, gender, wireless connectivity, types of content watched, and compared with other online activities.

The State of Music Online: Ten Years After Napster

June 15, 2009

Provides an overview of trends in file-sharing and peer-to-peer exchange of music and their influence on participatory media applications. Discusses the music industry's responses, new technologies, and experimental fee models.

Networked Workers

September 24, 2008

Presents survey results on Americans' use of the Internet, e-mail, and other information and communication technologies, at and outside work, and how their work and personal lives are affected. Analyzes data by demographics, profession, and company type.

Podcast Downloading

August 28, 2008

Presents survey results on trends in downloading podcasts -- what Internet users download and how often -- by gender, age, online experience, broadband access, income, and education. Compares data to 2006 survey results.