News, Weather and Sports apps the most popular among smartphone owners

The number of adult wireless smartphone owners who have downloaded an app nearly doubled in the past two years, from 22% in September 2009 to 38% in August 2011, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The most commonly downloaded apps, downloaded by 74% of downloaders, were those which provided regular updates about everyday information such as news, weather, sports, or stocks.

Two thirds of American adults use social networking sites

Almost two out of three (65%) of adult internet users in the United States now say they use a social networking site, up from 61% a year ago, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The researchers also say that if marks the first time that more than half of all adults (which includes online and offline adults) use sites such as MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Text messaging: A teens favourite form of communication

A Pew Internet and American Life Project report out this week has found that text messaging has increased sharply among American teens. American teens who text everyday has shot up in the past 18 months from 38% in February of 2008 to 54% in September 2009.

Sixty percent of Americans get their news both online and offline

According to a recent report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the overwhelming majority of Americans (92%) use multiple platforms to get their daily news with the internet now being the third most-popular news platform.

Use of Broadband connections at home flat in U.S

In a national survey of Americans between November 30 and December 27, 2009, the Pew Internet & American Life project has found that 60% of American adults use broadband connections at home, a drop from 63% in April 2009.

These latest figures add to a long term picture in Pew Internet Project data that there has been little significant growth in the overall internet user population since 2006.