Recent Pew Internet and American Life project reports are:
Podcast downloading 2008. This results from a telephone survey administered to 1553 internet users in the USA. “19% of all internet users say they have downloaded a podcast so they could listen to it or view it later” (an increase on the previous surveys). “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.” http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/261/report_display.asp
The Engaged E-patient Population. Again a result of a survey of US citizens which “confirms that information gathering has become a habit for many Americans, particularly those in the 55% of households with broadband connections” 78% of those with home broadband looked online for health information.” http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/259/report_display.asp
Those were both published in August. In July there was:
Search Engine Use. This study reports that the % of internet users using a search engines on a typical day was 49%. This is an increase on their previous surveys. Those with higher income and higher education levels used it more. “Of all the demographic variables we analyzed, the presence of a home broadband connection had the strongest relationship with a user’s propensity to use a search engine on a typical day.” http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/258/report_display.asp
Photo by Sheila Webber: Nordic House, Faroes, 2007.