The Future of the Internet III
A survey of experts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, and the structure of the Internet itself improves. They disagree about whether this will lead to more soci…
Many Older Adults Remain Offline in an Online World
A New York Times article,That Digital Divide, Bridged in a Classroom, features our August 2008 data on computer usage, which tracks with our f…
User attitudes vary about broken – and healthy – technologies
While in a recent report we discussed the malaise of some users when their technology fails, we have found in previous reports that negative feelings are not isolated to broken gadg…
When Technology Fails
Half (48%) of tech users need help from others in getting new devices and services to work, and many experience tech outages when there is a glitch with their home internet connection, computer, or cell phone. Coping with these failures is a hassle f…
Family Connections Online
Readers react to coverage of our “Networked Families” report (and at least one person is worried about the mom who feels “naked” without her Blackberry).
The internet and cell phones have become central components of modern family life. Among all household types, the traditional nuclear family has the highest rate of technology usage and ownership.
Is Home Broadband Adoption Slowing?
Our August 2008 survey shows that 57% of Americans have broadband at home, just a 3 percentage point increase since December 2007. Economic conditions may mean people are putting off the upgrade to broadband.
Rural Internet Access (in China)
James Fallows writes in the current Atlantic Monthly about the power of blogging… in rural China.
Internet Access Among Older Adults
Pew Internet Project data is quoted in an AP story about how John McCain is not a frequent internet user, so I thought I’d highlight some sources for people who…
Home Broadband 2008
Some 55% of all adult Americans now have a high-speed internet connection at home. The percentage of Americans with broadband at home has grown from 47% in early 2007.