Americans and Digital Knowledge
October 9, 2019
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans’ understanding of technology-related issues varies greatly depending on the topic, term or concept. Some findings:
- While a majority of US adults can correctly answer questions about phishing scams or website cookies, other items are more challenging. About one-quarter of Americans (24%) know that private browsing only hides browser history from other users of that computer, while roughly half (49%) say they are unsure what private browsing does.
- Americans’ knowledge of the business side of social media companies is also relatively low. Just 29% of Americans correctly named WhatsApp and Instagram as two companies owned by Facebook. And when presented with a photo of Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, only 15% of adults correctly identified him.
Americans and Digital Knowledge Most Americans don’t know Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp, among other digital basics (Washington Post)