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The CDI Dashboard is an interactive look at the ongoing digital information revolution.
Use the dashboard to track key data trends, follow central storylines, and explore innovative
examples of the changing form of information in an evolving digital age.

Datafeed

50%
percent of U.S. adults who say the internet is a primary source for news on national and international issues
Pew Research Center
70%
broadband penetration in the United States
(as of May 2013)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
42%
percent of American adults who own a digital tablet (iPad, etc.)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
58%
percent of U.S. adults who own a smartphone (February 2014)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
50 million
number of people in the U.S. who own a tablet computer (Feb 2013)
comScore
125 million
number of people in the U.S. who own a smartphone (Feb 2013)
comScore
8%
percent of global web page views from tablets (Feb 2013)
Adobe
7%
percent of global web page views from smartphones (Feb 2013)
Adobe
84%
percent of global web page views from desktops and laptops (Feb 2013)
Adobe
43%
percent of teachers that use tablet computers in their classrooms or for assignments
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
72%
percent of teachers saying they, students use mobile phones for assignments
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
67%
percent of U.S. internet users who use Facebook (Feb 2013)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
5% vs. 25%
among internet users, percent of men who use Pinterest vs. percent of women
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
15%
percent of U.S. internet users who use Pinterest (Feb 2013)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
16%
percent of U.S. internet users who use Twitter (Feb 2013)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
67%
percent of U.S. internet users who use online social networks (Feb 2013)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
20 billion
downloads from the Apple App Store in 2012
Apple
50 million
iOS and Android devices activated between Christmas 2012 and New Year's Day
Flurry
1.76 billion
number of apps downloaded to iOS and Android devices in last week of 2012
Flurry
17.4 million
iOS and Android devices activated on Christmas Day 2012
Flurry
700 million
estimated worldwide smartphone sales in 2012
Entropy Economics
123.4 million
estimated worldwide sales of tablet computers in 2012
iSupply via Entropy Economics
41%
percent of Americans with college degrees who own a tablet computer (iPad, etc.)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
27%
percent of registered voters in U.S. who used their mobile phone to keep up with election or political news
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
36%
U.S. adults who regularly use internet for election news, up from 9% in 2000
Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism
46%
proportion of world's population with at least one active mobile device
GSMA
23%
percent of Americans who say they read a print newspaper yesterday, down from 47% in 2000
Pew Research Center
85%
internet penetration in the United States
(as of Aug 2012)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
3/4
proportion of 5 million U.S. households without TV service that still have a TV
Nielsen
35 hours
average time Americans spend watching video across all screens in a week
Nielsen
30 million
smartphone subscribers in South Korea, population 50 million
Yonhap News Agency
52%
percent of U.S. adults who use mobile devices while also engaging with television content
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
21%
percent of U.S. adults who own a large media tablet (9.7" or larger)
RJI-DPA Tablet Research Project
13%
In 2012, percent of global internet users in U.S.; in 1996 it was 66%
comScore
17%
percent who watch television programming on multiple screens, tv and digital
comScore
11%
percent of U.S. television viewers who watch programming solely via digital devices
comScore
126%
mobile subscription penetration in Western Europe; more devices than people
Ericsson
6.2 billion
worldwide mobile subscriptions in 2012, estimated to reach 9 billion in 2017
Ericsson
15%
percent of internet users that use Twitter (February 2012)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
88%
Mobile phone penetration, feature or smartphone (February 2012)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
58.06%
Mobile browsing as percent of total web traffic in Zimbabwe in May 2012, the highest in the world
Pingdom
14.2%
In 2012, digital circulation accounts for 14.2% of newspapers' total circulation mix, up from 8.66% in 2011
Audit Bureau of Circulations
21%
percent of Americans who have read an e-book (February 2012)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
23%
percent of teens 12-17 who own smartphones
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
340 million
number of posts per day to Twitter social network
Twitter
24%
global smart device activations accounted for by China, surpassing U.S. (March 2012)
Flurry
9%
percent who follow social media recommendations to news sites "very often"
Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism
13%
percent who own all three digital platforms: PC, smartphone and tablet
Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism
27%
percent of U.S. adults who get news on mobile devices
Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism
25%
percent of college students who own a tablet (Jan 2012), up from 7% a year ago
Pearson Foundation
315 million
number of iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) sold to date (Mar 2012)
Apple
43% vs. 31%
percent who use the internet for news vs. percent who use newspapers
Pew Research Center
53%
percent of American adults who use social networking sites (Dec 2012)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
18.3
number of hours spent online per week
Center for the Digital Future, USC
31%
percent of Americans with college degrees who own digital tablets (iPad, etc.)
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Storylines

A Medium for the Masses

In the mid-1990s and early 2000s, the internet was a niche medium with mass potential. In 1995, only 14% of Americans were online. Not until 2000 did internet use reach half the adult population. Today, 87% of all American adults are online. Among those ages 18 to 29, internet access is nearly universal — 97%. See the full trend and demographics

Speed Matters

Broadband access was barely measurable at the turn of the century. Not until 2008 had a majority of Americans switched to broadband connections. Today, 70% of U.S. households have high-speed internet. This speed has transformed the rudimentary web into a rich platform for interactive, multimedia digital content.

New Platforms & Mobility

For more than a decade, there was one window to the internet — a web browser on a personal computer. Beginning with the introduction of the iPhone and its operating system in 2007, the adoption of internet-connected smartphones and touch devices has been rapid. Today 58% of U.S. adults have smartphones, and 42% have digital tablets.

The Internet as a News Source

Two decades into the digital era, the internet is emerging as a primary source of news on national and international issues — a trend that coincides with the widespread adoption of internet-connected mobile devices. The internet overtook newspapers in 2008. In 2013, half of Americans name the internet as a primary news source. See full trend

The Online Water Cooler

Since their emergence in the middle of the last decade, social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter have transformed the web into an online water cooler conversation millions of voices strong. Uptake has been swift. In 2005, only 5% used social networks such as Facebook and Myspace. Eight years later, a majority of U.S. adults (53%) use social media.

Then
Now
    1. Internet Penetration
      % of U.S. adults online
      Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project
    2. Broadband Penetration
      % of U.S. adults with a broadband internet connection in their homes
      Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project
    3. Smartphone Penetration
      % of U.S. adults who own a smartphone
      Sources: Pew Internet & American Life Project and Nielsen
    4. Tablet Penetration
      % of U.S. adults who own a tablet computer
      Sources: Pew Internet & American Life Project
    5. Use of the Internet for News
      % of U.S. adults who use the internet as a primary source of news on national and international issues
      Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
    6. Online Social Networking Use
      % of U.S. adults who use online social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, Myspace, Twitter)
      Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project

    Digital Information Showcase

    This showcase highlights innovative examples of the changing form of information in our evolving digital age. Entries are drawn from journalism, publishing, research, government and elsewhere. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list nor a best-of.
    Submit examples to center [at] digitalinfo.org or tweet to @jeffcdi.

    #digitalinfo on Twitter

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