As recently as 1995, 42 percent of American adults said they had never heard of the Internet.  Today, use of the Internet is pervasive at home, work, and on mobile devices.

It is a primary source of news, information, entertainment, and social interaction.  To understand its evolution, Pew conducts surveys and qualitative research that tracks and analyzes how Americans use digital technology, and the ways in which online activity affects their families, communities, health, educational pursuits, politics, and workplace activities.

Recent Work

May 8, 2020 Methodology

The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. The panel is being managed by Ipsos. Data in this report […]

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May 8, 2020 Acknowledgments

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/internet. Primary researchers Emily A. Vogels, Research Associate Monica Anderson, Associate Director Research team Anna Brown, Research Associate Lee Rainie, Director, Internet and Technology Research Aaron Smith, Director, Data Labs Kim Parker, Director, Social […]

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May 8, 2020 Dating and Relationships in the Digital Age

From distractions to jealousy, how Americans navigate cellphones and social media in their romantic relationships.

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April 30, 2020 Appendix

Defining income tiers To create upper-, middle- and lower-income tiers, respondents’ 2018 family incomes were adjusted for differences in purchasing power by geographic region and for household size. “Middle-income” adults live in families with annual incomes that are two-thirds to double the median family income in the American Trends Panel (after incomes have been adjusted […]

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April 30, 2020 Methodology

The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. The panel is being managed by Ipsos. Data in this report […]

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April 30, 2020 Acknowledgments

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/internet. Primary researchers Emily A. Vogels, Research Associate Andrew Perrin, Research Analyst Lee Rainie, Director, Internet and Technology Research Monica Anderson, Associate Director Research team Brooke Auxier, Research Associate Erica Turner, Research Intern Courtney […]

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April 30, 2020 53% of Americans Say the Internet Has Been Essential During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Americans with lower incomes are particularly likely to have concerns related to the digital divide and the digital “homework gap.”

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February 21, 2020 Shareable quotes from experts on the future of democracy

Key quotes from a Pew Research Center canvassing of experts about the effect of technology on democracy.

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