Aaron Smith is a senior researcher for the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. His primary areas of research include the role of the internet in the political process, technology in civic life and online engagement with government. Read full bio
Politics and advocacy in the social media era
Pew Research findings on the state of social media and its impact on grassroots and advocacy
U.S. Views of Technology and the Future
Americans are largely optimistic about the long-term future of scientific progress, but concerned about some changes that might occur in the near future.
Older Adults and Technology Use
Adoption is increasing, but many seniors remain isolated from digital life
African Americans and Technology Use
While African Americans continue to trail whites when it comes to internet use and home broadband adoption overall, young African Americans are just as likely as their white counterparts to use the internet and have especially high rates of Twitter use.
Social Media Update 2013
42% of online adults use multiple social networking sites, but Facebook remains the platform of choice
Broadband Adoption: The Next Mile – Senate Testimony
Aaron Smith, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, gave testimony before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet.
Statement of Aaron Smith – Broadband Adoption: The Next Mile
Statement of Aaron Smith, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, on “Broadband Adoption: The Next Mile.”
Online Dating & Relationships
One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app; 66% of them have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, and 23% have met a spouse or long term partner through these sites.
Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update
Up from 25% last year, more than half of those in households earning $75,000 or more now have tablets. Up from 19% last year, 38% of those in upper-income households now have e-readers.
Technology Adoption by Lower Income Populations
Aaron Smith discusses the Project’s latest research about internet usage, broadband adoption, and the impact of mobile connectivity among lower-income populations.