U.S. E-reader ownership doubles in six months

The percent of U.S. adults with an e-book reader doubled from 6% to 12% between November 2010 and May 2011 according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Study finds Facebook users are a happier bunch

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends, are more politically engaged, and get more support from their friends.

The U.S. survey of 2,255 American adults conducted last fall found that social media users have higher measures of social well-being.

Social Media users more deeply involved in voluntary groups and organizations

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that the internet is now deeply embedded in group and organizational life in America.

The group found that three out of four American adults are active in some kind of voluntary group or organization with internet users being much more likely to participate than non-internet users.

Less than 1 in 10 American Adults use Twitter

Just eight percent of American adults who use the internet are Twitter users and only two percent actually use it on a typical day according to a new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The survey also showed that 74% of American adults are internet users, meaning that the Twitter users amount to 6% of the entire adult population.

Most Americans research products and services online before buying

A majority – 58 percent – of Americans now say they go online to learn more about the products and services they are considering buying according to a new report about online product research by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

In addition, the number of adults who research new products or services on any given day has jumped from 15% of adults in September 2007 to 21% in September 2010.

Seven out of Ten American adults now text

Texting by American adults has increased substantially over the past year according to a recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

In a survey of over 2,200 adults conducted in May, some 72% of adult cell phone users now send and receive text messages now, up from 65% in September 2009.

Older Adults rapidly embracing social networking

Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled in the United States, from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010, according to a recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

During the same time frame social networking use among internet users ages 50-64 grew by 88%–from 25% to 47% and over 100%, from 13% to 26% among people aged 65 an older

Two out of three Americans have access to broadband internet

The adoption of broadband internet access slowed dramatically in the United States over the last year according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The researchers found that two-thirds of American adults (66%) now have a broadband internet connection at home, a figure that is little changed from the 63% with a high-speed home connection at a similar point in 2009.

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