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Women Use More Social Media, But the Gap Is Closing

Women Use More Social Media, But the Gap Is Closing

Social media use is higher than it’s ever been – across the board. This we know. But is there a marked gender difference in it? According to Pew, a gender gap in social media use still exists, but it’s shrinking. A recent study found that 80% of women use some sort of social networking site, compared to 73% of men. …

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Pinterest’s Daily User Count On The Rise

Pinterest’s Daily User Count On The Rise

Earlier, we looked at research from Pew Research Center showing that more people are using Instagram every day. Well, the same is true for Pinterest. Interestingly, both companies are in similar stages with both having recently introduced advertising options and ecommerce features. According to the study, the proportion of online adults who use Pinterest has doubled since 2012, though like …

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Infographic Looks At How People Use Twitter for News

We know that Twitter is looking to get into the breaking news game in a big way. People already use Twitter as a main source for their news, and the company is taking steps to make it an even bigger part of the platform. The company is currently testing a new breaking news section that appears on its mobile apps …

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Only 60% of Parents Admit to Facebook Spying on Their Teen

In what appears to be a study conducted in a room full of liars, Pew reports that only 60% of parents admit to checking up on their teenagers via social media. That means that 40% of parents have never, ever, not even once peeked at their 14-year-old’s Facebook profile, Twitter page, Instagram profile, or anything. Even accounting for parents who …

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Email Named Most Important Tool For Work

Remember years ago when social media really started coming into its own, and people thought it might one day replace email? It didn’t take incredibly long to realize that would not be the case, especially when social networks like Facebook tried to launch its own email service (which didn’t really work out). Today it’s just as clear as ever that …

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Google-Backed SurveyMonkey Teams Up With Pew, Westat

SurveyMonkey, one of the initial companies in Google Captial’s portfolio, announced that it has teamed up with Pew Research Center and Westat to “examine non-probability sampling and potential frameworks for measurement and evaluation.” The primary focus of the collaboration, SurveyMonkey says, is to better understand non-probability research and different ways of gauging survey quality. “We’re excited to be working in …

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‘Severe’ Online Harassment Affects Nearly Half of Those Targeted

If you’re active on social media, discussion sites, or comment boards, there’s a very high probability that you’re familiar with online harassment – whether you’ve experienced it or simply witnessed it. People can be terrible, and when you give them a cloak of anonymity things become even worse. Pew Research Center has just put out their first-ever survey entirety focused …

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Driverless Cars More Popular Than Lab Meat and Brain Implants, At Least

The Pew Research Internet Project just published the results of a big survey on “science in the next 50 years,” and the general finding is that the majority of Americans think technological advancements with make life better. One area of tech progress that people still can’t seem to agree on is driverless cars, or self-driving cars, or whatever you want …

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Selfies Really Are As Mind-Numbingly Popular As You Perceive Them to Be

If you asked me, my off-the-cuff answer to “what percentage of your Facebook feed consists of selfies” would be about half. Same goes for Instagram. Turns out, that isn’t that ridiculous of a statement. People really do love their selfies, according to a new survey from Pew Research. Well, at least millennials. From Pew: “Not surprisingly, the generation that has …

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The Internet Has Been Good For Society, According to Most Americans

Pew Research has just unveiled the results of a massive survey about the internet to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web. It’s dense, and there’s a lot to comb through, but I think the question from Pew that is best suited for such a retrospective is this: “Overall, when you add up all the …

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Ebook Readers Still Love to Turn a Real Page

Ebooks still haven’t killed off print books, just in case you were wondering. Years ago, when ebooks and ereaders first began to climb in popularity, a common question was “will ebooks kill print?” Some people thought that we were on the precipice of a revolution – the freedom to never again have to comb through a dusty book in its …

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2% of Americans Think Brian Williams Is Joe Biden

Brian Williams has been the anchor of the NBC Nightly News for over 9 years – the top-rated NBC Nightly News. He was also a reporter and weekend anchor for the network for 11 years, until NBC handed him the reins following Tom Brokaw’s retirement. I think he has a pretty recognizable face – I mean, he doesn’t look the …

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Pew: Half Of U.S. Facebook Users Use It To Get News

The Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has put out a study about the role of news on Facebook, finding that about half of U.S. adult Facebook users (47%) get news from the social network. This, according to Pew, amounts to 30% of the population. The study finds that most adults in …

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Online Dating, Ex-Stalking on the Rise Says Pew

Pew has just published a pretty expansive study on “dating digitally,” where they look at shifting views on online dating and looking for love on the internet. The main takeaways are that people are more increasingly turning to online dating sites to help them find a partner, but that it’s still not a totally accepted form of matchmaking. Oh, and …

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More Than One Third of Americans Own a Tablet

The number of Americans who own tablets is rising – fast. According to a new report from Pew, 35% of Americans aged 16 and older own a tablet, up from 25% last year. Five years ago, only 5% of adults owned tablets. As you can see, e-reader ownership is also on the upswing with nearly one quarter of Americans possessing …

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Do You Google Yourself? If So, You’re in the Majority

If you say that you never give in to temptation and Google yourself, well, there’s a pretty strong chance that you’re lying. According to new research from Pew, a majority of American adults admit to looking themselves up online – or “Googling” themselves. It’s 56% to be exact – which is actually down a percent from 2009. But it’s up …

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

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 their home. Of those 15% who do not use the internet, few of them ever expect to start. A full …

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15% of Americans Don’t Use the Internet

You’re reading this article. You probably checked your email at some point this morning. You also posted a Facebook update, checked your Twitter feed, or scrolled over reddit too. I know you did – I won’t tell your boss. To you, it’s inconceivable that in this day and age, there are people who don’t use the internet for these things. …

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Twitter Use Up 125% from 2010 among American Adults

The last three years have seen a surge in Twitter use among American adults. That’s the latest finding from Pew’s Internet & American Life project, who measured Twitter use among those aged 18+ in their new social media study. According to Pew, 18% of American adults are now using Twitter – up from just 8% back in the Fall of …

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Six Percent Of American Adults Use Reddit, Shows Study

Reddit is huge. Need proof? How about a recent Pew study that said 6 percent of all online American adults use the site. The study, which was published today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, is the first from Pew to specifically look into Reddit. The results of the study won’t exactly surprise you if you …

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Pew: The Majority of Americans Now Own Smartphones

For the first time ever, Pew Research Center can say that the majority of American adults own smartphones. Not the majority of American adult cellphone owners, mind you. They mean that the majority of all American adults now have a smartphone. 56%, in fact. That’s quite the milestone. Here’s how Pew explains it: 55% of cell phone owners say that …

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Twitter Isn’t Really a Great Representation of ‘The Public’

If you’re on Twitter, you know that users there have some pretty strong opinions on what’s currently going on in the world. But a new study from Pew calls into question the reliability of Twitter as a true gauge for public sentiment. In the study, Pew looked at eight different major news events over the past year. They compared each …

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Pew: 1 In 4 Plan To Cut Back On Facebook Use In 2013

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has released some findings from a survey about American Facebook users. The data comes from just over 1,000 adults in the continental U.S. via telephone interviews, so that’s roughly a millionth of Facebook’s user base. Stats are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies, Pew says. According to the survey, one in four …

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American Texters Send and Receive Over 41 Texts Every Day on Average

Pew Research just looked into the texting habits of American adults and surprise: people like to text. What’s not to love, right? The fact that you don’t have to actually speak to another human being is reason enough to peck away at that keyboard. That’s not my opinion – I’m just imagining that’s what heavy texters would say… Anyway, motivations …

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About 60% of Hurricane Sandy Tweets Were “Informative”

Although we’ve seen that social media users can easily fall victim to hoax photos and hoax news stories, I’m pretty sure that we can all agree that Twitter is an important firehose for real-time information during times of crisis. Whether is was national organizations posting information about the storm, or users uploading their own photos of the storm’s progression and …

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The Electorate Isn’t Completely Uninformed, and We Can Give Some Credit to Facebook

The pessimist inside every participating member of a democracy thinks that the electorate is full of completely uniformed voters who will pick candidates based on their tie color, much like a disinterested sports follower will pick March Madness teams based on their mascots. While there is plenty of evidence to suggest that they may be correct, a new study from …

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Two out of Three Social Media Users Let Their Political Flag Fly

While we can’t comment on the veracity, tactfulness, or true motivations behind any of it, we can report that a majority of social media users are using it to engage politically – in some fashion. We can tell you that thanks to a study from Pew Research’s Internet and American Life Project, which asked voting age adults about their online …

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Only 3% Exclusively Live-Streamed the Presidential Debate

Despite the fact that the first Presidential debate was available to be streamed live, for free, on YouTube (and other outlets), only a small fraction of American chose to watch the contest live on their computer or mobile device. Out of those surveyed in a recent Pew Research poll, 56% said that they watched the first debate between President Obama …

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Over Half of Online Adults Post Pictures and Videos

Pew Research says that photos and videos have become “key social currencies,” and they have some new figures to back that up. According to a recent report from their Internet & American Life Project, 56% of adult internet users posts photos or videos online. That means interacting visually with networks like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Pew breaks down these …

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Democrats More Likely to Use Facebook for Political Purposes

There are plenty of issues that separate the Democratic and Republican parties – abortion rights, taxes, and marriage equality, just to name a few. But there’s apparently another arena where the two parties differ – social media. According to a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Democrats are much more likely to use social networking sites …

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