The Pew Internet and American Life Project has released four new reports:
- Teens, Video Games and Civics
finds that 97% of all teens age 12-17 play computer, web, portable, or console games, and s”ome particular qualities of game play have a strong and consistent positive relationship to a range of civic outcomes.” They seem to be stretching when they look for a connection between game-playing and civic engagement.
- Whither the internet? “A survey at the first global Internet Governance Forum shows activists’ want an online Bill of Rights and more competition among service providers.”
- The Engaged E-patient Population: “Home broadband has now joined educational attainment, household income and age as the strongest predictors of internet activity. For example, 78% of home broadband users look online for health information, compared with 70% of home dial-up users.”
- Podcast Downloading 2008 “Currently, 19% of all internet users say they have downloaded a podcast so they could listen to it or view it later…Still, podcasting has yet to become a fixture in the everyday lives of internet users, as very few internet users download podcasts on a typical day.”