Think about the last time you read a newspaper article. Was it in print or online? Many people, particularly Maximum PC readers, consume most of their content online. The move from reading paper newspapers to online stories is a fundamental shift in news consumption that's been taking place for the past several years, and according to new research, newspapers are doing a poor job at cashing in.
Google raised a lot of eyebrows when it introduced the Google+-infused Search Plus Your World personal results to its bread and butter Search results, but the most publicized criticisms have come from big name social competitors like Twitter and Facebook. What does Joe Everyman think about personalized search results? A new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project asked 2,000 people that very question -- and most say that hand-tailored results are a "Bad thing."
If you end up going straight to voicemail when calling up a friend or co-worker, it doesn't necessarily mean their phone is dead or even that they're unavailable. They could be screening calls. According to a recent study, nearly a third of Adult Americans would rather text message back and forth than actually speak on their mobile device.
Us Americans may not enjoy the same blazing-fast broadband speeds as our South Korean friends, but that doesn't stop us from getting our YouTube on. The majority of us may not even need bigger pipes, if a new report by Pew Research Center is true: according to the group, a whopping 71 percent of online American adults make use of video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo. That's a lot of "Cookie Monster Sings Chocolate Rain."
Pew Internet, not Captain Obvious, conducted a study on how wealth affects Internet use and tech adoption, though some of the results are interesting nonetheless.
According to the study, the vast majority of Americans -- 95 percent -- living in households with an annual income of at least $75,000 access the Web "at least occasionally." No big surprise there, but that number drops to 70 percent for households pulling in less than $75,000, and 57 percent for those making $30,000 or less per year.
"The correlation between higher income and increased Internet usage was consistent for nearly every online activity," said Jim Jansen, senior fellow at Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. "Income was a significant factor, even when accounting for other attributes, such as age, education, race, gender, and community type."
And you can file this one under the 'odd' category -- of those households making less than $30,000/year, 67 percent said they research products online. In the $30,000 to $50,000 bracket, however, that number jumps to 81 percent.
"It would be interesting to look at what is going on at that particular income level," Jensen says.