percentage of online adults who use social media
Source: Pew Internet
Today, 72% of online adults use social networking sites. Although younger adults continue to be the most likely social media users, one of the more striking stories about the social networking population has been the growth among older Internet users in recent years. Those ages 65 and older have roughly tripled their presence on social networking sites in the last four years—from 13 percent in the spring of 2009 to 43 percent now.
In this report, Pew also studied online adults’ use of Twitter. The percentage of Internet users who are on Twitter has more than doubled since November 2010, currently standing at 18 percent. Internet users ages 18-29 are the most likely to use Twitter—30 percent of them now do so.
percentage who cite the Internet as a main source of news
Source: Pew Research
The Pew Research Center’s biennial media attitudes survey, conducted July 17-21, 2013, among 1,480 adults, finds that 50 percent of the public now cites the Internet as a main source for national and international news, up from 43 percent in 2011. Television (69 percent) remains the public’s top source for news. Far fewer cite newspapers (28 percent) or radio (23 percent) as their main source. (Respondents were allowed to name up to two sources.)
The current media landscape is starkly different than in 2001, when 45 percent said newspapers were their main source for news and just 13 percent cited the Internet. The percentage turning to television for news has changed little over this same period of time.
Most Hospitable Cities in America
The popular travel site Airbnb filtered through thousands of user reviews looking for cities with the highest percentages of five-star listings, signifying places where Airbnb hosts really go above and beyond to welcome their guests.
That left them with something they call the Airbnb Hospitality Index—a guide to where Airbnb hosts bring that extra-special touch. Using the Hospitality Index, they were able to calculate the most hospitable cities in the U.S.
percentage of evangelicals who say radical life extension would be good
Source: Christianity Today Gleanings
Only slightly more than a third of white evangelical Protestants (34 percent) say that procedures allowing humans to live for 120 years or longer would ultimately benefit society. Compare that to the 61 percent who think that “medical advances that prolong life are generally good” and the 50 percent who said “medical treatments these days are worth the costs.”
Black Protestants, meanwhile, support the prospect of extending life to near-biblical lengths in higher numbers than any other religious affiliation. Pew found that 54 percent of black Protestants approve of radical life extension, compared to 44 percent of Hispanic Catholics, 43 percent of the religiously unaffiliated, 41 percent of white mainline Protestants, and 31 percent of white Catholics.
percentage of weekly church attendees who are non-smokers
Smoking in the U.S. is highly correlated with religiosity, with those who never attend church almost three times as likely to smoke as those who attend weekly. This relationship holds even when controlling for demographic characteristics associated with smoking and church attendance.