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15% of American Adults Don’t Use the Internet – And Most of Them Never Will

15% of American Adults Don’t Use the Internet – And Most of Them Never Will

By Sean Patterson September 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

A new survey out this week from the Pew Research Center found that 15% of American adults (age 18 and older) do not use the internet or email. At all. A further 9% use the internet only in places outside …

Facebook Users Have More Intimate Friendships, Are More Trusting Facebook Users Have More Intimate Friendships, Are More Trusting

Remember that old line about Facebook allowing you to have a thousand friends that you’ve never met? Turns out that’s not really the case at all. According to a new Pew Internet study called “Social Networking Site and Our Lives,” …

Who is Using Twitter? Who is Using Twitter?
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Pew Internet has released some new research on the use of Twitter, based on “just-collected’ survey data. The research finds that 13% of adult Internet users have used Twitter (up from 8% in November 2010). The report digs into who …

Pew Finds 65% Of Net Users Have Paid For Online Content
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When it comes to paying for online content, there are lots of outlooks.  Some people subscribe to multiple news sites and spend hours on iTunes every week.  Others set the Pirate Bay as their homepage.  Now, following a study, Pew’s claimed that 65 percent of Internet users have paid for digital content at some point.

Note that the past tense definitely applies here; Pew’s question included the phrase "if you have ever paid," so it’s hard to draw conclusions about future or even current spending patterns.

Report: 6% of American Adults Using Twitter

Twitter mentioned in a blog post about how its Trending Topics work that its users are sending over 95 million tweets a day. A report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project reveals some more interesting information about Twitter usage in America. 

Twitter is for Old People?
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I heard a story on NPR yesterday where they talked to kids about social networks. The popular opinion (at least among the kids talked to for the piece) was that Facebook was "in" and Twitter was for old people.

Pew: Internet Helps Make Some Families Closer
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For years, the Internet lifestyle has been blamed for detrimental effects on personal and family life: bloggers dropping dead from heart attacks; vacation and leisure time diminished because of employees always being connected to work; less physical activity; and disconnectedness among family members at home.

Pew Report Puts Search Engine Use Up

Want to feel absolutely cutting-edge?  Then here’s an interesting finding for you: Pew Internet reports that just 49 percent of Internet users perform a search on a typical day.  What’s more: this number represents "a new high."

Texting (Probably) Won’t Make Your Kid Dumb

Nothing makes parents and educators more concerned about the youth than the youth’s embracing attitude of new technology; when I was a kid video games were rotting our minds, and these days it’s, well, everything. A new survey from Pew Internet says, as usual, grownups may be overreacting.

Internet Usage and Social Media Agencies

As a social media agency, we’re very interested in reaching people through conversations on the Internet.

Are the Online Video Rise and Writers Strike Really Related?

There’s just something not quite right about the suggestion that online video watching is growing rapidly because of the US writers’ strike.

The BBC has data from Nielsen Online and Pew Internet Project which points to an unusual jump in online video viewing in the past two months.

Study Looks at Internet Use in America

The newest PEW/Internet and American Life study indicates just how important the Internet is becoming in . . . well, American Life. Of the nearly 2800 Americans surveyed, 58% turn to the Internet first for answers.

In The Blogosphere, Girls Rule

Though the overall number of blogging teenagers has risen, far more girls than boys between the ages of 12 and 17 have blogs. But don’t expect them to email you about it.

The numbers come from Pew Internet’s "Teens and Social Media" report, which details the results of a phone survey of nearly 1,000 teens conducted in December 2006.

Search Engine Vanity Percentages

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little obsessed with online reputation management. :-)

Ego Surfing Occupies Nearly Half The Web

A new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project said 47 percent of Internet users search for a topic very close to them: themselves. 

Strangers A ‘Cost of Doing Business’ On MySpace
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The latest report from Pew Internet and American Life Project confirms what might be common sense about teens and social networking, but also has a couple of surprises. The not-a-shocker news: photos and social networking profiles increase the likelihood your son or daughter is approached by a creep.

Chinese Web Expands

China now has 137 million Internet users and while that sounds like a lot (only second to the US in number), Pew Internet & American Life Project reminds us that’s just a tenth of the country’s population.