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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.

Media Access and Policy; Media Platforms

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.

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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.

Media Access and Policy; Telecommunications Infrastructure

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.

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Why Americans Use Social Media

November 14, 2011

Presents survey findings about motivations for social media use such as staying in touch with family and friends, contacting old friends, and connecting with others who share hobbies or interests, by age, gender, parental status, and other demographics.

Media Platforms

Americans and Their Cell Phones

August 15, 2011

Presents survey findings about popular activities on, experiences with, and attitudes toward cell phones by age, education, location type, parental status, race/ethnicity, and smartphone ownership.

Media Platforms

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