Maeve Duggan is a research associate at the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.
The Political Environment
on Social Media
Some Americans enjoy the opportunities for political debate and engagement that social media facilitates, but many more express resignation, frustration over the tone and content of social platforms.
Privacy and Information Sharing
Many Americans say they might provide personal information in commercial settings, depending on the deal being offered and how much risk they face.
Home Broadband 2015
The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued: It now stands at 67%, down slightly from 70% in 2013. At the same time, more Americans rely only on their smartphones for online access.
Gaming and Gamers
Americans’ attitudes toward games – and the people who play them – are complex and often uncertain.
Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015
36% of adult smartphone owners use messaging apps, while 17% use apps that automatically delete sent messages. These types of apps are adding to an already complex terrain of digital and social communication. Meanwhile, social media platforms continue to attract dedicated users.
Parents and Social Media
Social media networks have become vital channels for Americans’ daily interactions. Our new report explores how parents turn to these networks for parenting-related information and social support.
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.