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

June 3, 2021 Methodology

The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2021, among a national sample of 1,502 adults, ages 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (300 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1,202 were interviewed on a cellphone, including 845 who […]

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June 3, 2021 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 researcher Andrew Perrin, Research Analyst Research team Lee Rainie, Director, Internet and Technology ResearchMonica Anderson, Associate Director, ResearchEmily A. Vogels, Research AssociateColleen McClain, Research Associate Editorial and graphic design Michael Keegan, Information […]

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June 3, 2021 Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2021

Smartphone ownership and home broadband adoption are up slightly since 2019. And 30% of Americans say they at least sometimes experience problems connecting to the internet at home.

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May 19, 2021 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 AssociateMonica Anderson, Associate Director of ResearchColleen McClain, Research AssociateBrooke Auxier, Former Research AssociateAndrew Perrin, Research AnalystMeera Ramshankar, Senior Administrative Coordinator Research team Lee Rainie, Director, Internet and […]

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May 19, 2021 Methodology

The American Trends Panel survey 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. Interviews are conducted in both […]

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April 7, 2021 Methodology

The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2021, among a national sample of 1,502 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (300 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1,202 were interviewed on a cellphone, including […]

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