The civic and community engagement of religiously active Americans
Those who are active in church, religious, or spiritual organizations are often more deeply involved in their communities than those who are not members of such groups.
Where people get information about restaurants and other local businesses
The internet is the source that people most rely on for material about the local business scene and search engines are particularly valued. Newspapers and word of mouth also rank high as sources.
The internet as a diversion and destination
Americans are increasingly going online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time.
Why Americans use social media
Social networking sites are appealing as a way to maintain contact with close ties and reconnect with old friends.
Half of adult cell phone owners have apps on their phones
The share of cell phone owners who download apps nearly doubles in two years, but just 46% of downloaders have paid for an app.
Libraries and learning communities (video & slides)
Director Lee Rainie gave a keynote address at the Internet Librarian conference that examined the potential role librarians can play in “learning communities” – both physical and virtual. Includes video and slides.
The new pathways to purchase in the world of networked consumers
Director Lee Rainie lectured at New York University about the impact of digital technologies on the ways that people get advertising and relate to corporations.
Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital Age
Director Lee Rainie looked at the “state of reading” in the digital age by going through Pew Internet data about how teens use the internet, smartphones, and social networking sites. He argued that reading is now 1) raw material for further creati…
Medicine 2.0: Peer-to-peer healthcare
Peer-to-peer healthcare is a way for people to do what they have always done – lend a hand, lend an ear, lend advice – but at internet speed and at internet scale.
The Digital Revolution and Higher Education
As online college courses have become increasingly prevalent, the general public and college presidents offer different assessments of their educational value.