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A survey by the Pew Research Center in conjunction with Rutgers University has found that social media doesn’t encourage discussion on controversial subjects. It may, in fact, cause people to stay quiet.


The survey, conducted among 1,801 U.S. adults, asked people about their willingness to discuss the Edward Snowden leaks on social media and in person. Social media users demonstrated a particular hesitance to discuss the topic — 86% of those surveyed said they wold be willing to have an offline discussion on Snowden, while only 42% of Facebook and Twitter users said they would post about it online.

You can learn more about the study here.

In light of the Ferguson happenings, here’s a look at how news breaks and conversations spread on Twitter.
More — 8 key takeaways about social media and the news. Half of Facebook and Twitter users get news on those sites as do 62% of reddit users. 

In light of the Ferguson happenings, here’s a look at how news breaks and conversations spread on Twitter.

More — 8 key takeaways about social media and the news. Half of Facebook and Twitter users get news on those sites as do 62% of reddit users. 

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"A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone" via Molly Roberts
Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won’t get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.
Image: iStockphoto

Access to digital accounts after death varies state to state: http://pewrsr.ch/1myyCHA

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"A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone" via Molly Roberts

Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won’t get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.

Image: iStockphoto

Access to digital accounts after death varies state to state: http://pewrsr.ch/1myyCHA

We’ve just updated our social networking fact sheet with some 2014 numbers; good time for a reminder that we’ve got a series of fast-fact tip sheets at your disposal for grab ‘n go tech stats: http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/

Plus, handy dandy charts of key tech indicators and their growth over time: http://www.pewinternet.org/three-technology-revolutions/

We’ve got the data, yes we do.

Which social network do you find yourself visiting most often? 
While Facebook is popular across a diverse mix of demographic groups, other sites have developed their own unique demographic user profiles. For example, Pinterest holds particular appeal to female users (women are four times as likely as men to be Pinterest users), and LinkedIn is especially popular among college graduates and internet users in higher income households.
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Which social network do you find yourself visiting most often? 

While Facebook is popular across a diverse mix of demographic groups, other sites have developed their own unique demographic user profiles. For example, Pinterest holds particular appeal to female users (women are four times as likely as men to be Pinterest users), and LinkedIn is especially popular among college graduates and internet users in higher income households.

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Planning on wishing your mom a happy Mother’s Day on Facebook? You’ll find a lot of Moms there — 85% of online moms use Facebook. 37% of them use Pinterest (maybe they’ve spotted a gift idea there that they secretly hope you’ll come up with:)). More social media demographics here: http://pewrsr.ch/1m8eI5y

Planning on wishing your mom a happy Mother’s Day on Facebook? You’ll find a lot of Moms there — 85% of online moms use Facebook. 37% of them use Pinterest (maybe they’ve spotted a gift idea there that they secretly hope you’ll come up with:)). More social media demographics here: http://pewrsr.ch/1m8eI5y

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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2 story-telling charts from a brand new report on the state of the news media in America:

Today, our friends over at the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project released their annual, comprehensive report on the State of the News Media, including special reports about the revenue picture for news, the growth in digital reporting, social media and news, and developments around digital video. It’s an absolute treasure trove; Dive in.

We’ll pull some of the key charts from the report and post them here; stay tuned …

Links for charts above: http://pewrsr.ch/NRLCHV and http://pewrsr.ch/OT4A1L

Three Technology Revolutions: Broadband, mobile, and social

Three major technology revolutions have occurred during the period the Pew Research Center has been studying digital technology – and yet more are on the horizon.

One of our favorite parts of our new website is our key indicators section, where we provide you with frequently updated, fast stats on our top hit internet/tech topics. Snack away: http://pewrsr.ch/1m8eStP

The user size of various social networking sites … Facebook still the giant.

The user size of various social networking sites … Facebook still the giant.

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Fully 63% of Facebook users report going on the site at least daily (with 40% logging on multiple times per day), giving it not only the highest overall percentage of users, but also the most engaged. Just 14% of Facebook users say that they visit the site less than once a week. 
Happy almost 10th birthday to Facebook; we’ll have brand new stats for you early next week.

Fully 63% of Facebook users report going on the site at least daily (with 40% logging on multiple times per day), giving it not only the highest overall percentage of users, but also the most engaged. Just 14% of Facebook users say that they visit the site less than once a week. 

Happy almost 10th birthday to Facebook; we’ll have brand new stats for you early next week.

As of September 2013:

  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 18% of online adults use Twitter
  • 17% use Instagram
  • 21% use Pinterest
  • 22% use LinkedIn

Sound off if you use all 5.

NEW REPORT: Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. 42% of online adults now use MULTIPLE social networking sites; which do you think is the platform of choice? http://pewrsr.ch/1dP98fS

NEW REPORT: Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. 42% of online adults now use MULTIPLE social networking sites; which do you think is the platform of choice? http://pewrsr.ch/1dP98fS

Coolest Pew Research graphic ever?
(Social media news use crossover: http://pewrsr.ch/1arRr63)

Coolest Pew Research graphic ever?

(Social media news use crossover: http://pewrsr.ch/1arRr63)

Which social network do you turn to most often for news?
(Brand new report from our friends at the Journalism Project breaks down news use across various social networking platforms http://pewrsr.ch/1arRr63)

Which social network do you turn to most often for news?

(Brand new report from our friends at the Journalism Project breaks down news use across various social networking platforms http://pewrsr.ch/1arRr63)