Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pew Internet News: The future of apps & Web; Teens, smartphones & texting; The viral Kony 2012 video

The Future of Apps and Web

The Web Is Dead? No. Experts expect apps and the Web to converge in the cloud; but many worry that simplicity for users will come at a price.

Tech experts generally believe the mobile revolution, the popularity of targeted apps, the monetization of online products and services, and innovations in cloud computing will drive Web evolution. Some survey respondents say while much may be gained, perhaps even more may be lost if the “appification” of the Web comes to pass.

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Report: Teens, Smartphones & Texting

Teens and smartphonesTeens are fervent communicators. Straddling childhood and adulthood, they communicate frequently with a variety of important people in their lives: friends and peers, parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, and a myriad of other adults and institutions. This report examines the tools teens use to communicate, with a particular focus on mobile devices, and then places the use of those tools in the broader context of how teens choose to communicate with people in their lives.

The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the median teen text user. In addition, smartphones are gaining teenage users. Some 23% of all those ages 12-17 say they have a smartphone and ownership is highest among older teens: 31% of those ages 14-17 have a smartphone, compared with just 8% of youth ages 12-13.

Report: The Viral Kony 2012 Video

Kony 2012 VideoThe 30-minute video released by the San Diego-based group Invisible Children calling for action against Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony provided striking evidence that young adults and their elders at times have different news agendas and learn about news in different ways. Those ages 18-29 were much more likely than older adults to have heard a lot about the “Kony 2012” video and to have learned about it through social media than traditional news sources. Indeed, a special analysis of posts in Twitter showed that it was by far the top story on the platform.

Moreover, younger adults were also more than twice as likely as older adults to have watched the video itself on YouTube or Vimeo. As of March 13, the video had been viewed more than 76 million times on YouTube and 16 million times on Vimeo, making it one of the most viewed videos of all time on those sites.

Special polling and social media content analysis by the Pew Research Center tracks how the “Kony 2012” video and information about it reached so many Americans in a relatively short period of time, and the critical role social media played, especially for adults under age 30.

Pew Internet research in the news

75 percent of youths text - a lot - daily.
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 20

Teens clamor to smartphones, texting and girls lead the way
Washington Post, March 19

Kony video proves social media's role as youth news source: Pew, March 16

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Pew Internet: Social Networking

Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to social networking in two versions:

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Upcoming presentation:

How Young Adults Get News and Information About Their Local Communities » Associate Director for Research Kristen Purcell will be discussing Pew Internet's groundbreaking data on local news information ecosystems at Ohio State's Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society's 2012 symposium, “The Future of Online Journalism: News, Community and Democracy in the Digital Age.” You can view or download her slides here.

Recent presentations:

The Shifting Education Landscape: Networked Learning » Director Lee Rainie spoke about the shifting education landscape of networked learning at the fourth annual NROC Network Member Meeting. You can view or download his slides here.

Baby Boomers and Technology » Slides are now available for Director Lee Rainie's talk at the What's Next Boomer Business Summit. View or download them here.

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The Pew Internet & American Life Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit "fact tank"that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The Pew Internet & American Life Project explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. Support for the project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.