Kathryn Zickuhr is a research analyst at the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. She studies the social impact of technology, focusing on the changing role of public libraries in Americans’ lives and communities in the era of digital content.
28% of American adults use mobile and social location-based services
55% of smartphone owners use their phones to get location-based directions or recommendations, while geosocial services and location-tagging features are less popular.
65% of online adults use social networking sites
Women maintain their foothold on social networking site use, and older Americans are still coming aboard. Most users describe their experiences in positive terms.
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College students and technology
By every key measurement, college students lead the way in tech and gadget use. But community college students do not use digital tools as much as four-year college students and graduate students.
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Generations and their gadgets
While many devices have become popular across generations, younger adults are leading the way in increased mobility, preferring laptops to desktops and using their cell phones for a variety of functions.
Wikipedia, past and present
42% of all Americans turn to the popular collaborative encyclopedia for information online
Major trends in how different generations of Americans use the internet
4% of online Americans use location-based services
4% of online adults use a location-based service such as Foursquare or Gowalla that allows them to share their location with friends and to find others who are nearby.
Video calling and video chat
19% of Americans have tried video calls or video chat or teleconferencing online and on cell phones.