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The good news, if you can call it that, is that after polling hundreds of technology experts, the Pew Research Internet Project found that they don’t believe that cybercrime or hacking are the chief problems facing the Internet by 2025. Unfortunately, that’s because they believe there are other problems that will be worse. Those problems center around government and business interference with access and security as well as the curious issue of having too much information available. To be clear, this isn’t a study per se; Pew polled thousands of individuals in the tech field... Read more...
As the World Wide Web rounds the quarter-century mark, the Pew Research Internet Project conducted a survey on trends surrounding the Web, what it’s made possible, and what sort of adoption it enjoys. It’s perhaps no surprise that Internet use has skyrocketed among American adults since the mid-1990s; Pew has those numbers pegged as 15% adoption in 1995 and 87% in 2014. (What is notable is that 13% of adults still don’t use the Internet.) Source: Pew Research Center Of further interest is that there’s economic disparity among active Internet users. In households earning... Read more...
The most surefire way to make teenagers disinterested in something is for their parents to adopt it, and it appears that Facebook is having just such a problem. Facebook has finally admitted that there has been a dip in teen usage--although the company hasn’t provided any numbers. This is a sharp turnaround from Facebook’s position on the matter in Q2, when CFO David Ebersman used the term “urban legend” to describe the assertions that teens aren’t as into Facebook as they used to be. Of course, for as fickle as kids can be and how quickly their interests shift, it’s... Read more...
Not even a year ago, in May 2011, Pew found that 35% of Americans had smartphones; in February, after conducting the same study again, that number is up to 46%. Thus, almost half of all cell phone-owning American adults now have a smartphone. What is perhaps more significant is that for the first time, there are more smartphone users (48%) than users of other types of cell phones (41%). The other major finding is that the percentage of adults without any cell phone dipped from 17% in May 2011 to 12% in February 2012. As expected, the percentage of younger adults with smartphones is still far higher... Read more...
We swear that’s not an Onion headline. According to a new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, 53% of young adults aged 18-29 go online “for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time” on a typical day. (Note that the survey question specifically asked if users had done so “yesterday”.) It’s not just the Millenials that are whiling the hours online, though; 34% of all adults use the Internet to do nothing in particular, too. Additionally, 81% of young adults and 58% of all adults use the Internet this way... Read more...