Maeve Duggan is a research analyst at the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.
Americans’ Internet Access:
The share of all U.S. adults who use the internet increased from 52% in 2000 to 84% today.
Social Media Update 2014
While Facebook remains the most popular social media site, other platforms — like LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter — saw higher rates of growth over the past year. In 2014, 52% of online adults used two or more social media sites, up from 42% in 2013.
40% of internet users have personally experienced online harassment, from the mild to the severe; 73% have witnessed it happen to others.
39% of internet users have changed passwords or canceled accounts; 6% think their personal information was swiped.
Couples, the Internet, and Social Media
The internet, cell phones and social media have become key actors in the lives of many American couples. Technology is a source of support and communication as well as tension, and couples say it has both good and bad impacts on their relationships.
Social Media Update 2013
42% of online adults use multiple social networking sites, but Facebook remains the platform of choice
The Diagnosis Difference
A portrait of the 45% of U.S. adults living with chronic health conditions
Photo and Video Sharing Grow Online
54% of internet users have posted original photos or videos to websites and 47% share photos or videos they found elsewhere online. Young adults and women lead the way in each of these activities.
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.
Cell Phone Activities 2013
50% of cell owners download apps to their phones; 48% listen to music services; video calling has tripled since 2011; texting remains a popular activity