Shared, Collaborative and On Demand: The New Digital Economy
The sharing economy and on-demand services are weaving their way into the lives of many Americans, raising difficult issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide.
15% of American Adults Have Used Online Dating Sites or Mobile Dating Apps
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the past two years, while usage among 55- to 64-year-olds has doubled.
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.
Searching for Work in the Digital Era
The internet is a central resource for Americans looking for work, but a notable minority lack confidence in their digital job-seeking skills.
Apps Permissions in the Google Play Store
Analysis of over 1 million apps in Google’s Android operating system in 2014 shows apps can seek 235 different kinds of permissions from smartphone users. The average app asks for five permissions.
Technology Device Ownership: 2015
Smartphone and tablet ownership continues to rise, while the adoption of some digital devices has slowed and even declined in recent years.
Americans’ Views on Mobile Etiquette
For many Americans, cellphones are always present and rarely turned off. This creates new social challenges, as people believe that different public and social settings warrant different sensitivities for civil behavior.
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.
Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015
Smartphones are fueling a shift in the communication landscape for teens. Nearly three-quarters of teens now use smartphones and 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly.”
U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015
Nearly two-thirds of Americans now own a smartphone. 19% of Americans rely to some extent on a smartphone for internet access, but the connections to digital resources that they offer are tenuous for many of these users.