Pew Internet has released an extensive new report titled, “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age.” The research, based on over 2,000 phone interviews during the summer of 2012, begins to paint a picture of civic engagement, particularly political engagement, during a period of explosive growth in the use of social networking sites. Among the report’s findings:
- 48% of adults directly take part in a civic group or activity.
- 39% of adults recently contacted a government official or spoke out in a public forum via offline methods.
- 34% did those things via online methods.
- 39% of adults do political or civic activities on social networking sites.
Download the full report here.
I assume this data from Pew refers to uses in addition to making and receiving voice calls.
Source: Tatango Mass Text Messaging
If you are working with young adults and want to communicate timely information, here is one word of advise – TEXT.
According to Experian, U.S. smartphone owners aged 18 to 24 send 2,022 texts per month on average — 67 texts on a daily basis — and receive another 1,831. Read more at businessinsider.com
As you know, one of the things that this site focuses on is trying to understand how we might merge civic engagement and experiential learning with online education. It is probably important, therefore, to understand as much as we can about online students.Even though I am reluctant to pay too much attention to things that put people in boxes; the data expressed in this infographic from onlinecolleges.com provides some data worth paying attention to regarding online students.
Courtesy of: Online Colleges
Wondering how MOOCs, tablets, gaming, learning analytics, 3D printing and wearable technology fit into the education landscape? Read about it in the 2013 Horizon Report, from New Media Consortium.
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