In the wake of Heartbleed, new numbers on online privacy breaches: 18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account info; 21% have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission.

The Next America: U.S. Age Pyramid Becomes a Rectangle

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?

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?

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Let 360 degrees of hashtags, notifications, and updates swallow you whole. - What It’d Be Like To Step Inside Your Twitter Feed

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Let 360 degrees of hashtags, notifications, and updates swallow you whole.What It’d Be Like To Step Inside Your Twitter Feed

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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.

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"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.
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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.

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Technology adoption among seniors has been increasing slowly but surely. Today, 77% of seniors have a cell phone,  59% use the internet, and almost half have broadband at home. Those still trail the national average, but they have been steadily increasing since we began tracking these metrics way back in 2000.

We also found that the senior population is far from homogeneous—there are two distinct “camps” within the older adult population when it comes to technology use:

  1. The first group of seniors is fairly plugged in—they own a fair number of technology assets, have integrated these tools into their lives, and view that connectivity as a positive thing. This group is relatively young, educated, affluent.
  2. The other camp is largely disconnected from the digital world. They don’t use technology to any great degree, they would not feel comfortable learning how on their own, and in many cases they don’t feel like they are missing out on too much. This group is both older and less affluent, and they often have significant health or disability issues that make it challenging for them to use technology.

More in our NEW REPORT that examines the place that technology holds in older adults’ lives.

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How much missing plane coverage is too much?

Pew Research Center president Alan Murray discusses what the public thinks on CNN’s Reliable Sources. 

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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.

nprfreshair:

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 …

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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.  

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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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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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