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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

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.

Media Access and Policy; Media Platforms

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.

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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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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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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.

Media Platforms

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.

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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.

Journalism, News, and Information; Media Platforms

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

72% of Americans Follow Local News Closely

April 12, 2012

Presents survey findings about characteristics of those who follow local news and information closely, such as connectedness to community, attachment to local newspapers, and topics of interest, as well as differences by age among local news enthusiasts.

Journalism, News, and Information

The Future of Apps and Web

March 23, 2012

Presents survey findings on technology stakeholders' and critics' expectations for trends in the use of apps on smartphones and tablets as opposed to the Web by 2020. Excerpts responses, including views on the convergence of apps and the Web in the cloud.

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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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