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51% of U.S. Adults Bank Online

August 7, 2013

Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults, or 61% of internet users, bank online. Thirty-two percent of U.S. adults, or 35% of cell phone owners, bank using their mobile phones. These findings are based on nationally representative surveys by the Pew Research Center designed to track an activity that is often held up as a proxy for consumer trust in online transactions and as an example of how one industry has enabled data to flow among different institutions.Both types of digital banking are on the rise. In 2010, 46% of U.S. adults, or 58% of internet users, said they bank online. In 2011, 18% of cell phone owners said they have used their phone to check their balance or transact business with a bank

Family Caregivers are Wired for Health

June 20, 2013

39% of U.S. adults are caregivers and many navigate health care with the help of technologyFour in ten adults in the U.S. are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues, up from 30% in 2010. Caring for a loved one is an activity that cuts across most demographic groups, but is especially prevalent among adults ages 30 to 64, a group traditionally still in the workforce.Caregivers are highly engaged in the pursuit of health information, support, care, and advice, both online and offline, and do many health-related activities at higher levels than non-caregivers.In a previous study by the Pew Research Center, 47% of U.S. adults say it is likely that, at some point in their life, they will be responsible for caring for an aging parent or another elderly family member. Demographic patterns bear out this prediction: People ages 65 and older represented 12.4% of the U.S. population in the year 2000 but are expected to be 19% of the population by 2030.This survey finds that fully 75% of U.S. adults age 65 and older are living with a chronic condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. Numerous studies have shown that the day to day management of these complex medical cases falls squarely on family members and friends who may not be trained.But, as this study shows, caregivers are turning to every resource available to get the information and support they need.

Mobile Health 2012

November 8, 2012

Mobile health continues to climb in popularity, especially among smartphone owners. Now that 85% of U.S. adults own a cell phone -- and half (53%) of those are smartphone owners -- information is available wherever and whenever people need it. According to a new survey conducted in August?September 2012, 31% of cell phone owners say they use their phone to look for health or medical information online. That is up from 17% of cell phone owners in September 2010.Throughout this report we will refer to cell phone owners (85% of adults) and the smaller sub?group of smartphone owners (45% of adults). Smartphone owners lead this activity: 52% have used their phone to search for health information, compared with 6% of other cell phone owners.Younger adults, minorities, and those in particular need of health information lead the way. Among all cell phone owners, some demographic groups are more likely than others to look for health information on their phones: Latinos, African Americans, those between the ages of 18 and 49, and college graduates.

The Social Life of Health Information, 2011

May 12, 2011

Presents survey findings about trends in use of the Internet, including social networking sites, hospital and doctor review sites, and mobile apps to seek, share, or monitor health-related information among adults in general, patients, and caregivers.

Peer-to-Peer Healthcare

February 28, 2011

Analyzes how patients and caregivers use the Internet to obtain information about health concerns, care, and support, with a focus on online peer networks of those with chronic or rare conditions. Examines sources relied on by type of information sought.

Health Topics: 80% of Internet Users Look for Health Information Online

February 1, 2011

Presents survey findings on trends in the popularity of looking up health topics among online activities, the types of information sought, and by gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, income, health and disability status, and Internet access.

Americans Living With Disability and Their Technology Profile

January 21, 2011

Presents survey findings on the characteristics of people living with disabilities, including age, income, and education; their use of the Internet compared with those without disabilities; and obstacles such as lack of broadband or mobile access.

Cancer 2.0: A Summary of Recent Research

December 13, 2010

Outlines findings on Internet access and use among cancer patients compared with other chronic disease patients, the demand for health information online, the role of social network sites, and implications for cancer treatment and research.

Mobile Health 2010

October 19, 2010

Presents survey results on Americans' use of cell phones to look up health or medical information and use of "apps" to monitor or manage their health by gender, age, race/ethnicity, education, income, language, and rural/suburban/urban.

Chronic Disease and the Internet

March 24, 2010

Compares survey data on access to and use of the Internet and social media by chronically ill and healthy adults, sources and topics of health information, and impact of online information. Examines the information gap by health status and demographics.

Latinos Online, 2006-2008: Narrowing the Gap

December 22, 2009

Presents survey findings on Internet use, Internet access at home, and broadband access among Latinos/Hispanics by nativity, age, education, English-reading ability, and income. Analyzes factors behind the trends and compares data with other groups.

The Social Life of Health Information

June 11, 2009

Presents survey results on American's use of the Internet as a source of health information, the types of information sought and shared, the types of content contributed, and the role of social media. Analyzes data by age, education, and other factors.