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Pew Research Center "Americans and Digital Knowledge" Report

This report from the Pew Research Center examines how well American adults understand a range of digital technology topics. The results of the study were rather mixed, revealing generally strong knowledge in some areas (e.g., phishing, cookies, ads) but glaring gaps in others. For example, less than 30 percent of respondents accurately answered questions about private browsers or 2-factor authentication. The study's results also highlighted considerable group-level variation, as people under 50 and with higher educational attainment tended to be more knowledgeable about digital topics. On the page linked above, visitors can find the complete report (downloadable as a PDF) and topline results under Report Materials (in the sidebar on the right). Readers may want to take the interactive Digital Knowledge Quiz found there, which features the same 10 questions asked of survey respondents. This report was based on a June 2019 nationally representative survey of 4,272 US adults conducted by the Pew Research Center's American Trends Panel. It was written by researchers Emily A. Vogels and Monica Anderson.
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2021-07-16
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2021-06-18 17:04:06
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2021-06-23 12:19:27
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