Facebook Usage in America

Facebook Usage in America

Among U.S. adults who use Facebook, around three-quarters (74%) visit the site at least once a day, according to a 2019 survey. Roughly four-in-ten U.S. adults (43%) get news from Facebook. The share of U.S. adults who get news through Facebook is much higher than the shares who get news through YouTube (21%), Twitter (12%), Instagram (8%), LinkedIn (6%) and other platforms. Among U.S. adults who get news from Facebook, women are more likely than men to do this (61% vs. 39%), as are Whites when compared with Nonwhites (62% vs. 37%).

Social Media Usage in America

Social Media Usage in America

The share of U.S. adults who say they use social media platforms or apps is statistically unchanged from where it stood in early 2018 despite a serious of controversies over privacy, misinformation, and censorship on social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year. Facebook – which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary – remains one of the most widely used social media sites among adults in the U.S. Roughly seven-in-ten adults (69%) say they use the platform.

Status Quo Rationalization Podcast

Status Quo Rationalization Podcast

When faced with an inescapable and unwanted situation, we often rationalize our predicament to make it seem less awful and more bearable. The latest research suggests that groups, nations, and cultures sometimes rationalize the new normal in much the same way, altering public opinion on a large scale.

The Privacy Act of 1974

The Privacy Act of 1974

The Privacy Act of 1974, 5 USC 552a, provides protection to individuals by ensuring that personal information collected by Federal agencies (and their contractors) is limited to that which is legally authorized and necessary and is maintained in a manner which precludes unwarranted intrusions upon individual privacy.

Political Independents

Political Independents

Independents often are portrayed as political free agents with the potential to alleviate the nation’s partisan divisions. The reality is that most independents are not all that “independent” politically. An overwhelming majority of independents (81%) continue to “lean” toward either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. Among the public overall, 17% are Democratic-leaning independents, while 13% lean toward the Republican Party.

Non-Discrimination in Digital Marketing

Non-Discrimination in Digital Marketing

All major advertising networks, such as Google and Facebook, have a non-discrimination policy. While only advertisers in regulated industries, such as housing, employment, and credit services, are required to certify compliance with non-discrimination policies, an internal non-discrimination audit is a good business practice.

The Half-Life of Facts Podcast

The Half-Life of Facts Podcast

In every field of knowledge, half of what is true today will be overturned, replaced, or refined at some point, and it turns out that we actually know when that will be for many things. In this episode, listen as author and scientist Sam Arbesman explains how understanding the half-life of facts can lead to better lives, institutions, and, of course, better science.

Cyberattacks on the Publics

Cyberattacks on the Publics

As the pace and magnitude of cyberattacks have increased around the world, a Pew Research Center survey in 26 countries among 27,612 respondents shows that people in multiple countries think it is likely that future hacks will target government data, public infrastructure, and elections. Opinion is mixed, however, on whether their nations are prepared for such events. In many cases, views about a country’s preparedness are shaped in part by partisanship and attitudes toward the party in power. People who support the governing party are often more likely to think their nation can handle a sizeable cyber hack.