Online Activities & Pursuits: PEW/Internet

pew.gif Here are some of the latest reports from PEW/Internet under the topic Online Activities & Pursuits: PEW/Internet:

  • Increased Use of Video-sharing Sites
    48% of internet users have been to video-sharing sites such as YouTube and the daily traffic to such sites on a typical day has doubled in the past year.
  • Information Searches That Solve Problems
    There are several major findings in this report. One is this: For help with a variety of common problems, more people turn to the internet than consult experts or family members to provide information and resources.
  • Teens and Social Media
    More teens are creating and sharing material on the internet. And 28% of online teens have blogs, up from 2004. Blogging growth is almost entirely fueled by girls. A subset of teens — super communicators — rise as email fades as a communication tool for teens.
  • Digital Footprints: Online identity management and search in the age of transparency
    Internet users are becoming more aware of their digital footprint; 47% have searched for information about themselves online, up from just 22% five years ago.
  • Hobbyists Online
    83% of online Americans say they have used the internet to seek information about their hobbies and 29% do so on a typical day.
  • Online Video
    The growing adoption of broadband combined with a dramatic push by content providers to promote online video has helped to pave the way for mainstream audiences to embrace online video viewing. Fifty-seven percent of online adults have used the internet to watch or download video, and 19% do so on a typical day. Three-quarters of broadband users (74%) who enjoy high-speed connections at both home and work watch or download video online.
  • A Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users
    Half of all American adults are only occasional users of modern information gadgetry, while 8% are avid participants in all that digital life has to offer.
  • Wikipedia users
    36% of online American adults consult Wikipedia.
  • Social Networking Websites and Teens
    More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites.
  • Finding Answers Online in Sickness and in Health
    As more Americans come online, more rely on the internet for important health information. Fully 58% of those who found the internet to be crucial or important during a loved one’s recent health crisis say the single most important source of information was something they found online.
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