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.

6% of online adults are reddit users. Are you one of them? If so, join our director and Internet/tech expert Lee Rainie for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) today at 3pm Eastern. If not, and you’ve been waiting for the right moment to jump into the social site known as the “front page of the Internet,” now’s your chance!
Have any questions about our research you’ve always wanted answered? Perfect time!

6% of online adults are reddit users. Are you one of them? If so, join our director and Internet/tech expert Lee Rainie for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) today at 3pm Eastern. If not, and you’ve been waiting for the right moment to jump into the social site known as the “front page of the Internet,” now’s your chance!

Have any questions about our research you’ve always wanted answered? Perfect time!

"A key theme in these survey findings is that many people see acquiring information as a highly social process in which trusted helpers matter,” Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and a main author of the report said. “One of the main resources that people tap when they have questions is the networks of expertise. Even some of the most self-sufficient information consumers in our sample find that libraries and librarians can be part of their networks when they have problems to solve or decisions to make."

PBS Newshour: Turns out the most engaged library users also biggest tech users

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

UPDATED: Device ownership over time, among adults.

UPDATED: Device ownership over time, among adults.

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We’ve got a brand new report out today that highlights tech use among African Americans, complete with detailed demographic breakdowns. Some key notes:

  • Twitter is hugely popular with younger African Americans. Some 40% of black internet users between the ages of 18 and 29 say that they now use Twitter. 
  • Smartphone ownership rates are identical between blacks and whites, and smartphones are helping to narrow (but do not completely erase) differences in access to high speed internet service.
  • African Americans trail whites by seven percentage points when it comes to overall internet use (87% of whites and 80% of blacks are internet users). At the same time, blacks and whites are on more equal footing when it comes to other types of access, especially on mobile platforms.

The complete portrait: http://pewrsr.ch/Ktfdpx

Are you part of the 86% that cover their digital tracks?
Love is complicated. And so are attitudes toward digital romance.
Mammoth new report out today that covers the state of online dating in America - numbers and attitudes.
We’ll be talking online dating throughout the day; feel free to join the convo. http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Online-Dating.aspx

Love is complicated. And so are attitudes toward digital romance.

Mammoth new report out today that covers the state of online dating in America - numbers and attitudes.

We’ll be talking online dating throughout the day; feel free to join the convo. http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Online-Dating.aspx

The role of location in digital life is changing.

  • 74% of smartphone owners now use their phone to get directions or other info based on their current location.
  • 30% of social media users have an account set up to include their location in posts.
  • At the same time, there is a drop in the number of smartphone owners who use “check in” location services. 12% of adult smartphone owners say they use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends, down from 18% in early 2012.

Yet even as most smartphone owners use their phones abilities to get location-specific information, data from earlier surveys also shows that mobile users of all ages say they have turned off location-tracking features at some point due to privacy concerns:

  • As of September 2012, almost half (46%) of teen app users say they have turned off the location tracking feature on their cell phone or in an app on a phone or tablet because they were worried about other people or companies being able to access that information.
  • As of April 2012, in response to a different question, over a third (35%) of adult cell app users said they have turned off the location-tracking feature on their cell phone because they were concerned that other individuals or companies could access that information.

Read more in our new report out today: http://pewrsr.ch/185iqQ9

New Report: Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online
We have a new report out today on how internet users navigate anonymity, privacy, and security online.
One of the big findings in the report is that young adults ages 18-29 are more likely than their elders to take steps to be hidden online, as this chart shows. Other findings:
21% of internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over by someone else without permission.
12% have been stalked or harassed online.
11% have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information.
6% have been the victim of an online scam and lost money.
6% have had their reputation damaged because of something that happened online.
4% have been led into physical danger because of something that happened online.
Read more…

New Report: Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online

We have a new report out today on how internet users navigate anonymity, privacy, and security online.

One of the big findings in the report is that young adults ages 18-29 are more likely than their elders to take steps to be hidden online, as this chart shows. Other findings:

  • 21% of internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over by someone else without permission.
  • 12% have been stalked or harassed online.
  • 11% have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information.
  • 6% have been the victim of an online scam and lost money.
  • 6% have had their reputation damaged because of something that happened online.
  • 4% have been led into physical danger because of something that happened online.

Read more

explore-blog:

What happens in a single second of the internet in 2013. Meanwhile, for some perspective, this is what takes place in one second of nature.
(↬ Quipsologies)

explore-blog:

What happens in a single second of the internet in 2013. Meanwhile, for some perspective, this is what takes place in one second of nature.

( Quipsologies)

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In this new DigiEverything age, what, exactly, are teachers having their students do online? http://pewrsr.ch/13rr3Cb

In this new DigiEverything age, what, exactly, are teachers having their students do online? http://pewrsr.ch/13rr3Cb

"92% of AP and NWP teachers surveyed describe writing assignments as ‘essential’ to the formal learning process, and ‘writing effectively’ tops their list of skills students need to be successful in life."

— Our new study looks at teachers, writing and technology. Explore it here. (via pewresearch)

(via poynterinstitute)

The skills that teachers think students need for the future …
(http://pewrsr.ch/1bFTx34)

The skills that teachers think students need for the future …

(http://pewrsr.ch/1bFTx34)

"There tends to be a perception that students willfully copy and paste intellectual property out of laziness and disregard. But teachers emphasized to us that more often than not, it’s genuine lack of understanding."

The Washington Post on our new report on how digital tools are affecting student writing (http://pewrsr.ch/13g8t4f)