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Aug 9, 2011Kristen Purcell
Search and email remain the two online activities that are nearly universal among adult internet users.
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Email remains the most popular activity online. Spam and email overload are perennial issues, but the major threat to email is irrelevance in the era of social networking sites and text messaging.
Bob Keefe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 24, 2007
"Only about 18 percent of e-mail users surveyed by the nonprofit Pew Internet & American Life Project said spam was a big problem for them, down from 25 percent in a similar Pew survey four years ago.
'People are just becoming used to spam, the wa...
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Diego Vasquez, Media Life Magazine
"Why are those who use the internet more bothered by spam than casual users?
The more people use the internet, the more it becomes integrated into their lives. When you use the internet in a rich way, you expect--and need--it to work well. That i...
Verne Kopytoff, San Francisco Chronicle
"The findings reflect that consumers are increasingly fighting back against spam by using filters to keep their inboxes clear, a highly recommended but only partially effective tactic. Psychology may offer another explanation: Internet users may simp...
May 23, 2007Deborah Fallows
37% of email users said spam had increased in their personal email accounts, up from 28% of email users who said that two years ago.
Jason Lee Miller, WebProNews.com
Oct 9, 2006
"Pew Internet and American Life Project released a six-page analysis of Web 2.0, attempting to define, exactly, what types of Internet applications the phrase covers. The end result: like porn, we know Web 2.0 when we see it; and Web 2.0 has been her...
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Wendy Davis, Media Post Publications
Oct 5, 2006
Everyone's heard of "Web 2.0" But many--even the people who use the term most often--are hard-pressed to articulate how "Web 2.0" differs from the Internet before 2004, when the term was coined. This morning, the Pew Internet Project, using data from...
Jul 27, 2005Amanda Lenhart, Paul Hitlin, Mary Madden
Today’s American teens live in a world enveloped by communications technologies; the internet and cell phones have become a central force that fuels the rhythm of daily life.
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Jul 6, 2005Susannah Fox
Spyware and the threat of unwanted programs being secretly loaded onto computers are becoming serious threats online.
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Apr 10, 2005Deborah Fallows
More than a year after the CAN-SPAM Act became law, email users say they are receiving slightly more spam in their inboxes than before, but they are minding it less.
Jan 17, 2005Lee Rainie
One in ten internet users signed up for political newsletters and news alerts during campaign 2004.
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of American adults report that they have read an e-book in the past year
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center. The Center is supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center. The Center is supported by The Pew Charitable Trust.