We asked 2,558 experts and technology builders about what digital life will look like in 2025. They predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.
TELL US: What are your own predictions for the future of the internet?
Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Throughout 2014, The Pew Research Center will mark this milestone with a series of reports and other activities related to the current state of online life and the potential future of the internet:
A couple weeks ago, we took a look back at more than 15 years of data on the rapid growth and overall impact of the internet. Today, we’re looking ahead to the future.
Follow our yearlong celebration of the Web’s 25th birthday, and join in on the conversation here, on Facebook, and on Twitter using #web25.
The original proposal of the World Wide Web.
The World Wide Web turns 25 on Wednesday. We’re talking all things Web tomorrow; including expert predictions and ruminations about what the Web will be like in the future. Follow the conversation here, and by using #web25 on Twitter; and start thinking about your earliest memories of the Web (you’ve got mail, anyone?)
This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily -
The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in “stealth mode” for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms.
This is super clever. And super simple. Elegance always wins.
58% of American adults own a smartphone (http://pewrsr.ch/1m8siWD). Will be interesting to see how this catches on …
The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past.
The Next America, a new book by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research Center, examines the country in the throes of a demographic overhaul.
Today’s Millennials—well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed twenty-somethings—are at risk of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially as they’d hoped. This graying of our population has helped polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: how to keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future.
Paul Taylor’s book is out! Stay tuned here for more interesting findings from the book and grab yourself a copy from Amazon.
You’re in good company, Ellen DeGeneres.
55% of Millennials have posted a “selfie” on a social media site; no other generation is nearly as inclined to do this. Overall, 26% of Americans have shared a “selfie” on a photo-sharing or social networking site.
#Philoselfie: Science behind selfie-expression
Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is also one of the most fascinating movements in social is that of theselfie. Part vanity, part communication, part fun, and part absurdity, selfies represent a new generation of #selfieexpression cum egotistical emoticons…but not necessarily in a bad way. Nevertheless, the psychology and science behind selfies are strangely fascinating and therefore I continue to study and report on its evolution.
Selfiecity, a new research project, studies Instagram data from five cities around the world including Bangkok, Berlin, Moscow, New York, and Sao Paulo. Wired initially reported on Selfiecity’s initial findings
Full Story: Brian Solis
There’s a pretty persistent narrative that the Web isolates people, it makes us depressed, but when you ask users if it’s been good or not, they resoundingly say it makes things better for them," said Rainie. "People know it’s not a uniformly positive story, there are bad things that happen online. But the big balance sheet is a positive one. — Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web. We’ve taken a look back at your lifespan and asked the American public what they think, and it’s been mostly good reviews. [via NPR] (via pewresearch)
Teens, Social Media, and Privacy
Teens share a wide range of information about themselves on social media sites;1 indeed the sites themselves are designed to encourage the sharing of information and the expansion of networks. However, few teens embrace a fully public approach to social media. Instead, they take an array of steps to restrict and prune their profiles, and their patterns of reputation management on social media vary greatly according to their gender and network size. These are among the key findings from a report based on a survey of 802 teens that examines teens’ privacy management on social media sites:
Paul Higgins: Went to the birthday party on the weekend of a friend of mine who turned 70 last week (a change to be bringing down the average age considerably by attending) Had an interesting discussion the next day at the recovery lunch ranging from Bitcoin to children and social media.
Two things struck me - that Bitcoin was firmly in the public consciousness and that views of social media and children are largely driven by bad personal experiences or stories. So I thought I should post this up. It is from the US and nearly a year old now but it seems to give a clearer and unbiased picture of the reality
Full Story: Pew
sparkerpants answered your post: Could you give up the internet?
I’ve got 3yrs on the Internet & I’d give up TV completely (I just stream now anyway) a thousand times over before Internet.
the-wolfbats answered to your photo “Could you give up the internet? What about television?I can watch TV ON the net. I don’t even plan to buy TV when I’m on my own. & The net is older than I.
mathhombre answered to your photo “Could you give up the internet? What about television?My teen daughter surveyed peers: they’d rather give up ice cream, democracy and indoor plumbing than the internet by a wide margin.
1995: 14% of U.S. adults used the Internet
Five years later: 46% of U.S. adults used the Internet — tripling the number.
Today: All but 13% of U.S. adults use the Internet.