Mary Madden is a Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. She is a nationally recognized expert on trends in social media use, online privacy management, and the impact of digital media on teens and parents. Read full bio
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.
Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era
A majority of Americans feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality.
Older Adults and Internet Use: (Some of) What we know
Mary Madden presented at a meeting convened at the University of Michigan to discuss the current state/future direction of research looking at older adults and tech use.
Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online
86% of online adults have taken steps to avoid surveillance by other people or organizations when using the internet. Despite precautions, 21% have had an email or social media account hijacked and 11% have had vital information stolen.
Teens and Mobile Apps Privacy
58% of American teens have downloaded an app to a cell phone or tablet. More than half of teen apps users have avoided an app due to concerns about sharing their personal information.
Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice
Teens often rely on themselves and the guidance they get from the websites they use to figure out how to manage their privacy online, but when they do seek advice, they go primarily to peers and parents.
Teens Haven’t Abandoned Facebook (Yet)
Our national survey data did not indicate a decrease in the total number of Facebook-using teens, even though the focus group findings suggest that teens’ relationship with Facebook is complicated and may be evolving.
Data to Live By: Understanding the Social Media and Technology Landscape
Senior Researcher Mary Madden delivered the keynote address for the Lawlor Symposium’s summer seminar.
Technology use by different income groups
Session focused on identifying and using appropriate technologies to conduct research on low-income populations.
Teens, Social Media, and Privacy
Youth are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends.