Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pew Internet News: Just-in-time info; Teens & online video; Upcoming reports & recent presentations

Just-in-time Information through Mobile Connections

Just-in-time infoSome 70% of all cell phone owners and 86% of smartphone owners have used their phones in the previous 30 days to perform at least one of the following activities:

  • Coordinate a meeting or get-together -- 41% of cell phone owners have done this in the past 30 days.
  • Solve an unexpected problem that they or someone else had encountered -- 35% have used their phones to do this in the past 30 days.
  • Decide whether to visit a business, such as a restaurant -- 30% have used their phone to do this in the past 30 days.
  • Find information to help settle an argument they were having -- 27% haveused their phone to get information for that reason in the past 30 days.
  • Look up a score of a sporting event -- 23% have used their phone to do that in the past 30 days.
  • Get up-to-the-minute traffic or public transit information to find the fastest way to get somewhere -- 20% have used their phone to get that kind of information in the past 30 days.
  • Get help in an emergency situation -- 19% have used their phone to do that in the past 30 days.

Overall, these “just-in-time” cell users—defined as anyone who has done one or more of the above activities using their phone in the preceding 30 days—amount to 62% of the entire adult population.

Report: Teens & Online Video

In a survey of 799 teens conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project between April 19 and July 14, 2011, the teens were asked about a number of online behaviors. The results for video-oriented activities are reported here. Among the findings:

  • 37% of internet users ages 12-17 participate in video chats with others using applications such as Skype, Googletalk or iChat. Girls are more likely than boys to have such chats.
  • 27% of internet-using teens 12-17 record and upload video to the internet. One major difference between now and 2006 is that online girls are just as likely these days to upload video as online boys.
  • 13% of internet-using teens stream video live to the internet for other people to watch.
  • Social media users are much more likely than those who do not use social media to engage in all three video behaviors studied.

Presentation: Learning in the digital age

At the 21st Annual Minitex ILL Conference in Minnesota, Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie gave the keynote presentation on "Learning in the Digital Age: Where Libraries Fit In." Lee discussed the way people use e-book readers and tablet computers and how those devices are fitting into users' digital lives. He described how three revolutions in digital technology – in broadband, mobile connectivity, and social media – have created a new social operating system that he calls "networked individualism." He used the Project's latest findings to help describe how librarians can serve the new educational needs of networked individuals.

View or download his slides here.

Pew Internet research in the news

An Analytical Take on Youth, Social Networking, and Web 2.0: A Few Moments with Amanda Lenhart

The Digital Media and Learning Research Hub spoke with Pew Internet Senior Research Specialist Amanda Lenhart about some of the vast research she has done on teens and Web 2.0. Check out the full Q&A.

Most Americans 'Just-In-Time' Cell Phone Users
Media Post, May 7

Disruptions: Indiscreet Photos, Glimpsed Then Gone
New York Times, May 6

New Pew study finds teens comfortable v-chatting and sharing video
Los Angeles Times, May 3

Upcoming report: Location-based services

Be on the lookout for a new report that will feature smartphone owners' use of real-time location-based information, and use of geosocial services to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends.

More recent and upcoming presentations:

The New Environment for Foundations » Lee Rainie spoke at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference at a session titled "Philanthropy and the Digital Public Dialogue." Joined by representatives from the Center for Digital Information and other experts in the field, he discussed how advances in digital technology, rapid changes in how citizens access and engage with news and information, and the continued reshaping of the traditional media are dramatically altering the environment in which foundations operate. You can view or download his slides here.

Health Datapalooza » Susannah Fox will serve as a "white hat" advisor to participants in the Health Data Initiative Forum in Washington, DC, on June 5-6, 2012. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Institute of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation, and other health organizations.

See all presentations »

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