"This generation is now adapting technology to do very traditional things in very new ways that matter to them."

Millennial Generation Likes Old-Fashioned Technology: Books

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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.
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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.

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

"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

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Microsoft has announced plans to buy the Nokia Phones Division, unifying its hardware and software production. Meanwhile, Apple is set to release its latest batch of iPhones next week, but this time in color.  Add in Android’s ongoing challenge to Apple and Blackberry’s recent bid for more smartphone relevance, and the market is brimming with options.

All of this could add to consumer choice, as buyers are snapping up smartphones at a rapid pace. A majority of Americans (56%) now own a smartphone, up from 35% the first time we asked in May 2011.  Cell phones in general are now almost ubiquitous – 91% of adults own a cell phone according to our latest survey.

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

Slideshow: Tech trends, library stats, and how teens do research

Research Analyst Kathryn Zickuhr gave a presentation at the Westchester Library Association’s annual conference that touched on a lot of our recent findings on library use, as well as a broad overview of technology adoption among adults and teens and a quick look at how teens do research in the digital age. Take a look at her comprehensive slideshow.

Teaching 2.0: Is Tech In The Classroom Worth The Cost?

A conversation featuring our Kristen Purcell, Pew Internet Associate Director for Research. For more context, visit our recent report: How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms

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Some things to ponder as you head into CES …

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Internet Use and Home Broadband Connections: Demographic breakdown
According to our April 2012 survey, 82% of American adults use the internet and 66% have a high-speed broadband connection at home. Here’s a closer look at internet use versus broadband use by various demographic groups.

Internet Use and Home Broadband Connections: Demographic breakdown

According to our April 2012 survey, 82% of American adults use the internet and 66% have a high-speed broadband connection at home. Here’s a closer look at internet use versus broadband use by various demographic groups.

"When my child was diagnosed, I left everything and turned to research this disease. I promised myself that my life would be driven by efforts to make my child’s life normal and to give my child tools for handling these handicaps in a positive way. So far, so good. He has the tools, he lives life to the fullest. He is married and totally independent of me. Though he lives hundreds of miles away, he knows I am standing behind him, and when he needs help, I am there in a nano-second."

As part of the research for our report on family caregivers online, we asked members of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) to write short essays about their use of the internet in caring for themselves or for their loved ones. This mother described how she stepped up to the challenge.

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"[Caregivers] are creating the tools that they need, just as hackers create the tools that they need."

— Susannah Fox, in GigaOM’s article on our new report

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30% of U.S. adults provide support to a loved one. The internet is a key information and communications resource for this front-line labor force.
Fully 79% of caregivers have access to the internet. Of those, 88% look online for health information. They outpace other internet users when it comes to researching every health topic included in Pew Internet’s surveys, often by double-digit margins.
This and more in our new report out today on family caregivers and their use of the internet. Have you ever used the internet to provide support for a loved one?

30% of U.S. adults provide support to a loved one. The internet is a key information and communications resource for this front-line labor force.

Fully 79% of caregivers have access to the internet. Of those, 88% look online for health information. They outpace other internet users when it comes to researching every health topic included in Pew Internet’s surveys, often by double-digit margins.

This and more in our new report out today on family caregivers and their use of the internet. Have you ever used the internet to provide support for a loved one?

Peer-to-peer Healthcare: Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Obvious.

Patients and caregivers know things — about themselves, about each other, about treatments — and they want to share what they know to help other people. Technology helps to surface and organize that knowledge to make it useful for as many people as possible.

This 5-minute excerpt of Susannah Fox’s Medicine 2.0’11 keynote gives an overview of the concept of peer-to-peer health care.

(Source: pewinternet.org)

Facebook: A Profile of its ‘Friends’
In light of the Facebook IPO, we rounded up highlights of our data on adult Facebook users. What do Facebook users do on the site? How many friends they have? What are their social and civic lives like?
Some fast facts:
229: The average number of friends a person has on Facebook
Women average 21 updates to their Facebook status per month while men average 6
Facebook, on an Average Day:
15% of Facebook users update their own status
22% comment on another’s post or status
20% comment on another user’s photos
26% “Like” another user’s content 
10% send another user a private message
Read the full portrait for more on the social and civic characteristics of Facebook users and the privacy management habits of social networking site users 

Facebook: A Profile of its ‘Friends’

In light of the Facebook IPO, we rounded up highlights of our data on adult Facebook users. What do Facebook users do on the site? How many friends they have? What are their social and civic lives like?

Some fast facts:

  • 229: The average number of friends a person has on Facebook
  • Women average 21 updates to their Facebook status per month while men average 6

Facebook, on an Average Day:

  • 15% of Facebook users update their own status
  • 22% comment on another’s post or status
  • 20% comment on another user’s photos
  • 26% “Like” another user’s content 
  • 10% send another user a private message
Read the full portrait for more on the social and civic characteristics of Facebook users and the privacy management habits of social networking site users 

Mobile: Fast facts

88% of American adults have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer; about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices.

Among cell phone owners, 53% own a smartphone as of February 2012. This means that 46% of all American adults own a smartphone.

Some 70% of all cell phone owners and 86% of smartphone owners have used their phones in the previous 30 days to perform at least one of the following activities:

  • Coordinate a meeting or get-together — 41% of cell phone owners have done this in the past 30 days.
  • Solve an unexpected problem that they or someone else had encountered — 35% have used their phones to do this in the past 30 days.
  • Decide whether to visit a business, such as a restaurant — 30% have used their phone to do this in the past 30 days.
  • Find information to help settle an argument they were having — 27% have used their phone to get information for that reason in the past 30 days.
  • Look up a score of a sporting event — 23% have used their phone to do that in the past 30 days.
  • Get up-to-the-minute traffic or public transit information to find the fastest way to get somewhere — 20% have used their phone to get that kind of information in the past 30 days.
  • Get help in an emergency situation — 19% have used their phone to do that in the past 30 days.

Hungry for more mobile info? Check out this research roundup.

Hungry for social networking info? Check out this research roundup too!