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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.

The Demographics of Social Media Users - 2012

February 14, 2013

A late 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project shows that young adults are more likely than others to use major social media. At the same time, other groups are interested in different sites and services. In the case of Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr, these are the first reportable survey readings by Pew Research allowing comparison of whites, African-Americans, and Latinos.

Reading Habits in Different Communities

December 20, 2012

Reading is foundational to learning and the information acquisition upon which people make decisions. For centuries, the capacity to read has been a benchmark of literacy and involvement in community life. In the 21st Century, across all types of U.S. communities, reading is a common activity that is pursued in myriad ways. As technology and the digital world expand and offer new types of reading opportunities, residents of urban, suburban, and rural communities at times experience reading and e-reading differently. In the most meaningful ways, these differences are associated with the demographic composition of differentkinds of communities -- the age of the population, their overall level of educational attainment, and the general level of household income.Several surveys by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project reveal interesting variations among communities in the way their residents read and use reading-related technology and institutions.

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.

Cell Phone Activities 2012

November 25, 2012

Fully 85% of American adults own a cell phone and now use the devices to do much more than make phone calls. Cell phones have become a portal for an ever-growing list of activities. In nationally representative phone surveys in the spring and summer, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project obtained readings on some of the most popular activities.

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.

Twitter Use 2012

May 31, 2012

Presents survey findings about trends in Twitter adoption among adults by gender, age, race/ethnicity, income, education, and location type. Examines correlations with the use of mobile technologies, especially smartphones.

The Future of Gamification

May 18, 2012

Presents survey findings on technology stakeholders' and critics' expectations for trends in the use of competitive "game mechanics" as interactive design elements and implications for education, health, work, and other activities. Excerpts comments.

Three-Quarters of Smartphone Owners Use Location-Based Services

May 11, 2012

Presents survey findings about the use of real-time location-based information and geosocial services such as Foursquare by gender, age, race/ethnicity, income, education, and type of phone. Examines the impact of the increase in smartphone adoption.

Just-in-Time Information Through Mobile Connections

May 7, 2012

Presents survey findings on the use of cell phones and smartphones to coordinate get-togethers, solve an unexpected problem, and get traffic updates or other real-time information by gender, age, parental status, race/ethnicity, income, and education.

Teens & Online Video

May 3, 2012

Presents survey findings about teens' likelihood of recording and uploading video, streaming video live, and using video chat applications by gender, age, race/ethnicity, household income, parents' education, and community type.