Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.
This data GIF tells one part of the story; take a look at the rest here, in a new Pew Research Center interactive data essay: The Next America
Seniors who do not currently go online are divided when it comes to the benefits of technology. Half of these non-users (48%) agree that people lacking internet access are at a disadvantage and missing out on important information, with 25% agreeing strongly. But 35% of older non-internet users disagree with the assessment that they are missing out on important information—with 18% of them disagreeing strongly.
Can you imagine your life without the internet?
Let 360 degrees of hashtags, notifications, and updates swallow you whole. - What It’d Be Like To Step Inside Your Twitter Feed
DATA DUMP! -
ATTN data geeks and co.: We just posted the raw data from our survey conducted for the 25th anniversary of the Web, and our survey on e-reading and gadgets. Dig in.
The odds are 50/50 that the Internet will be effectively destroyed by cyberattacks by 2025. If the Net goes down, there will be terrible costs as we reboot the economy. —
Robert E. McGrath, a retired software engineer who participated in critical developments of the World Wide Web, on the future of the internet. Survey participants in our future of the internet canvassing acknowledged the fact that global dependence on one particular system makes it a prime target for a devastating attack.
Agree? Disagree? Your thoughts?
Usage of social networking sites by older Americans has been steadily increasing in recent years, but has not yet reached majority status—among older adults who use the internet, 46% use social networking sites such as Facebook, well below the national average of 73% of adult internet users.
Check out Alexis Madrigal's latest article in The Atlantic, How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts
He’s also the Fresh Air tech contributor. You can read/listen to his pieces here.
The Internet will be everywhere by 2025 — the question is, who will control it, and for what end? —
Anonymous responder, on the future of the internet.
Something to ponder …
NEW: A gif map of how many executions have occurred in each state in a given year or overall since 1977, the year after the Supreme Court reaffirmed its approval of the death penalty.
For more, see our new report which finds that a shrinking majority of Americans (55%) support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder.
Turkey’s Social Media Crackdown Continues With YouTube Block
Turkey blocked access to YouTube on Thursday after leaked recordings allegedly reveal the Turkish foreign minister and high-ranking government officials plotting an invasion of Syria.
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By 2025, it will become more apparent that personal digital devices have become the uncredited third lobe of our brain, and network connections more like an extension of our own nervous system, a new sense, like seeing and hearing. Questions about our rights over our own devices and connections will treat them more like parts of our bodies and beings than some third-party thing that is a privilege to own or something we merely rent. It will force us to redefine what being human means — and what personhood means, in terms of the law, representative government, and every other issue. — Brian Behlendorf, Internet pioneer and board member of several non-profits and for-profits, predicted that people will feel the information network has become a “new sense” by 2025.
I am Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. Ask me anything! -
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