Pew Research Center. November 25, 2014.

American internet users’ knowledge of the modern technology landscape varies widely across a range of topics, according to a new survey, which includes 17 questions on a range of issues related to technology, including: the meaning and usage of common online terms; recognition of famous tech figures; the history of some major technological advances; and the underlying structure of the internet and other technologies. Substantial majorities of internet users are able to correctly answer questions about some common technology platforms and everyday internet usage terms. On the other hand, relatively few internet users are familiar with certain concepts that underpin the internet and other modern technological advances. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 12 pages].

How Do They Know?

On March 29, 2013, in Government, Politics, Science & Technology, by editor1

New America Foundation. March 26, 2013.

In the United States and around the world, elected leaders seem paralyzed by information overload. Despite a wealth of information at our fingertips, high- quality, unbiased facts have become increasingly hidden in our noisy, saturated world. Worse, much of the public discourse has become routinely gridlocked, as proponents on each side of a debate regularly come to the table armed with their own “facts.” Faced with this deluge of information, the role of congressional staffers is increasingly one of fact-checking rather than fact-finding. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 16 pages].

The Demographics of Mobile News Habits

On December 18, 2012, in Media, Science & Technology, by editor1

Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. December 11, 2012.

In the growing realm of mobile news, men and the more highly educated emerge as more engaged news consumers, according to the study. These findings parallel, for the most part, demographic patterns of general news consumption. But there are some important areas of difference between mobile and general news habits-particularly among young people. While they are much lighter news consumers generally and have largely abandoned the print news product, young people get news on mobile devices to similar degrees as older users. And, when getting news through apps, young people say they prefer a print-like experience over one with high-tech or multi-media features. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 17 pages].

Digital Differences

On April 19, 2012, in Science & Technology, Social Issues, by editor1

Pew Internet & American Life Project. April 13, 2012.

While the number of Americans who go online has increased substantially over the years, about one-in-five adults still do not use the internet. About half of non-users don’t go online because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them. Moreover, the 27% of adults living with disability in the U.S. today are significantly less likely than adults without a disability to go online. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 41 pages].

Pew Internet & American Life Project. February 29, 2012.
While experts see many young people becoming nimble analysts and decision-makers because of their embrace of the networked world, they also warn that some constantly-connected teens and young adults will lack a deep engagement with people and knowledge by being hyperconnected. [Note: contains copyrighted material].