Technology use in America, a Pew Internet Survey (summer 2014)

Most important highlights of the latest Pew Internet Study – 18-24 year olds compared to 30 year olds are

  • almost twice as likely to have smartphones
  • 20% less likely to read newspapers
  • 100% more likely to use Twitter


Younger Americans’ Reading Habits and Technology Use | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Younger Americans’ Reading Habits and Technology Use | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project Americans typically have higher rates of technology adoption than older adults, with 98% of those under 30 using the internet, and 90% of those internet users saying they using social networking sites. Twitter use among online 16-17 year-olds jumped to 50% in this survey; previous Pew Research data shows that teens have started to augment traditional social networking sites with smaller services such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, though the vast majority still maintain a presence on Facebook.

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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