Social Media and the Cost of Caring

On January 16, 2015, in Science & Technology, by editor1

Pew Research Internet Project. January 15, 2015.

According to this survey, frequent use of digital technologies is not directly related to higher stress. In fact, women who are heavy users of some social media typically report lower stress. However, social media use can increase users’ awareness of stressful events in others’ lives, and awareness of these events can lead to higher levels of stress. This kind of stress is contagious and has been called the ‘cost of caring.’  [Note: contains copyrighted material].  [PDF format, 44 pages].

Social Media Update 2014

On January 12, 2015, in Science & Technology, by editor1

Pew Research Center. January 9, 2015.

The survey finds that Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site. While its growth has slowed, the level of user engagement with the platform has increased. Other platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn saw significant increases over the past year in the proportion of online adults who now use their sites. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 18 pages].

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].

Pew Research Center. November 12, 2014.

Privacy evokes a constellation of concepts for Americans—some of them tied to traditional notions of civil liberties and some of them driven by concerns about the surveillance of digital communications and the coming era of “big data.” While Americans’ associations with the topic of privacy are varied, the majority of adults polled in this survey feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 57 pages].

Pew Research Center. November 3, 2014.

Cell phones and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are playing an increasingly prominent role in how voters get political information and follow election news, according to this report. The proportion of Americans who use their cell phones to track political news or campaign coverage has doubled compared with the most recent midterm election: 28% of registered voters have used their cell phone in this way during the 2014 campaign, up from 13% in 2010. Further, the number of Americans who follow candidates or other political figures on social media has also risen sharply: 16% of registered voters now do this, up from 6% in 2010. [Note: contains copyrighted material]. [PDF format, 11 pages].