Pew Research Center Reports on Internet and Technology

Publications on Internet and Technology

This section features selected Pew Research Center reports (since 2005) on the social and political impact of the internet and other technology trends. Individual project websites contain more reports related to this topic. In particular, please visit the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which reports on impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.

Why Americans Use Social Media
15 Nov 11The top reason cited by adults for using social media is to maintain connections with family and friends. Social media users also say these platforms help connect them to old friends with whom they’ve lost touch.
Pew Internet & American Life Project

How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter
Content Analysis Shows an Evolving Relationship
14 Nov 11A new study of the practices of 13 major news organizations by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs reveals that these news organizations use Twitter in limited ways-primarily as an added means to disseminate their own material.
Project for Excellence in Journalism

Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites
How American Teens Navigate the New World of “Digital Citizenship”
9 Nov 11A comprehensive study finds that almost seven-in-ten American teens who use social networking sites say that people their age are mostly kind to one another on the sites; another 20% say that they are mostly unkind. Most teens say they have witnessed other people being mean or cruel to each other on the sites.
Pew Internet & American Life Project

LOADS of research, data and statistics on how folks are using the Internet, social media, cell phones…

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