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February 27, 2009

Newspapers: Online Growth, but Print Losses are Bigger

Filed under: newspapers,pew centers,statistics,study,survey — Lynne @ 4:01 pm

The trend is unmistakable: Fewer Americans are reading print newspapers as more turn to the internet for their news. And while the percentage of people who read newspapers online is growing rapidly, especially among younger generations, that growth has not offset the decline in print readership.

More from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.


January 15, 2009

Adults flock to Social Networks

Use of social networking sites among those 18 and older quadrupled over the past four years, according to
a study released by Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Still, its the younger online adults who are much more likely to use social networks. 75% of adults 18-24 using these networks, compared to just 7% of adults 65 and older.

MySpace continues to be the most popular networking site. The study finds MySpace users are more likely to be women, to be Hispanic or black, and to have a high school education or some experience with college; median age is 27. Facebook has 22% of the adult social networking audience. Facebook users are more likely to be men, with a college degree. The median age on Facebook is 26. Six percent of adult social networking users have a profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn users have a higher median age, 40, and are more likely to be male and white and to have a college degree.

Most adult social network users are privacy conscious:

  • 60% of adult social network users restrict access to their profiles so that only their friends can see it.
  • 36% of social network users allow anyone to see their online profile
  • 58% of adult social network users restrict access to certain content within their profile

Pew Internet conducted a survey in May 2008 and December 2008 and compared it against similar surveys it conducted in 2005.

September 15, 2008

Gender, Parenting, and Work: The debate that won’t let up.

Filed under: gender,pew centers,roundup_bits,study,survey,Uncategorized — Lynne @ 4:32 pm

Governor Palin’s addition to the presidential ticket has sparked more “Mommy Wars” among mothers, and in the media. From the past couple of days:

August 29, 2008

Podcasting Grows

Filed under: pew centers,Pew Internet,podcast,survey — Lynne @ 2:37 pm

The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports (PDF) an increase in Podcast downloading,  but the number is still less than 20%.  Only 3 percent of internet users say they do it on a typical day. Still, the number has increased steadily since Pew started its survey.

Some other facts from the survey:

  • Internet users at the age of  18-29 download podcasts  more than any other age group.
  • 22 percent of online men compared with 16 percent of online women report ever having downloaded a podcast.
  • Dial-up users download podcasts. (impressive!)

August 18, 2008

Monday ORB Roundup

July 25, 2008

Pew Center

Recently released from the various Pew Centers:

The Changing Newsroom: Gains and Losses in Today’s Papers

It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. Business coverage is either packaged in an increasingly thin stand-alone section or collapsed into another part of the paper. The crossword puzzle has shrunk, the TV listings and stock tables may have disappeared, but coverage of some local issues has strengthened and investigative reporting remains highly valued. Full Report

2008 National Survey of Latinos: Hispanic Voter Attitudes

Hispanic registered voters support Democrat Barack Obama for president over Republican John McCain by 66% to 23%, according to a nationwide survey of 2,015 Latinos conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, from June 9 through July 13, 2008. (Full Report: PDF)

Biofuels for Transportation: A Climate Perspective

As the United States seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from motor vehicles and to lessen its dependence on imported oil, biofuels are gaining increasing attention as one possible solution. This paper offers an introduction to the current state of play for biofuels: the technologies used in their production, their GHG emissions, and associated policy issues.
(Full Report: PDF)

Likely Rise in Voter Turnout Bodes Well for Democrats

The outlook for the presidential election at mid-year is substantially different than at comparable points in time in recent campaigns. First, turnout is likely to be higher this fall – perhaps much higher than in previous elections – as voter interest continues at record levels. Second, as has been the case since the start of the campaign, Democrats enjoy a substantial engagement advantage over Republicans that may significantly alter the composition of the November electorate.

Third, while there has been considerable debate about whether Hillary Clinton’s supporters will rally behind Barack Obama in the fall, it is clear that both candidates face formidable challenges in consolidating their bases. (Full Report: PDF)

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