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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.

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The Future of the Internet: Millennials Will Benefit and Suffer Due to Their Hyperconnected Lives

February 29, 2012

Presents technology stakeholders' survey responses about whether the Millennial generation's always-on connection to people and information through social media, mobile Web, and multi-tasking will be a net positive or negative by 2020. Excerpts comments.

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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 Most Facebook Users Get More Than They Give

February 3, 2012

Analyzes data on Facebook user activity, including patterns in sending friend requests, adding content, and "liking" their friends' content; the interconnectedness of friends; and links between the number of friends, Facebook activity, and social support.

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The Internet as a Diversion and Destination

December 2, 2011

Presents survey findings about trends since 2000 in why Americans go online by age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, and income. Considers contributing factors, including the increase in broadband connections, video, and social networking.

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How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems

March 1, 2011

Based on surveys in three cities, analyzes links between perceptions of the local government's transparency and residents' satisfaction with its performance, the community, and local information ecosystem, as well as sense of civic empowerment.

Journalism, News, and Information

Understanding the Participatory News Consumer

March 1, 2010

Analyzes survey findings on the impact of social media and mobile connectivity on news consumption behavior by demographics and political affiliation. Examines sources; topics; participation by sharing, commenting on, or creating news; and views on media.

The Internet and Campaign 2004

March 1, 2005

Presents findings from a survey conducted in November 2004. Looks at how Americans used the Internet to get political news and information, discuss candidates and debate issues, and volunteer or make contributions to candidates during 2004.

The Internet as a Unique News Source

July 1, 2004

Presents findings from a survey conducted in May and June 2004. Looks at the use of the Internet for news coverage and images not available in the mainstream media. Includes reaction to the new experience of war images online.

Counting on the Internet

December 1, 2002

Looks at Internet users' expectations about finding healthcare information, personal information, and up-to-date news, information or services online from a government agency.

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