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.
83% of online Americans say they have used the internet to seek information about their hobbies and 29% do so on a typical day.
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.
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.