The Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg has released its 2017 study on the impact of digital technology in the United States.

Download the 2017 report here.

The 152-page study includes findings on more than 160 issues, among them:

  • The growing importance of the internet in political campaigns
  • Views about government regulation and the internet
  • Online buying and effects on traditional retail shopping
  • The internet and personal freedom
  • The reliability of onsite information
  • Conflicts between social media and face-to-face contact with family and friends
  • Privacy and personal security
  • Children and the internet
  • Online connection to companies
  • Negative attention online (bullying and sexual harassment)

2017 Digital Future Report: Background

The Digital Future Report has been produced annually by the Center for the Digital Future since 2000. It is the longest continuing study of its kind, and was the first to develop a longitudinal panel study of the views and behavior of internet users and non-users in the United States.

The current survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.0 percent.

The study’s broad categories are: internet users and non-users, media use and trust, consumer behavior, communication patterns, and social effects.

View the Center’s Digital Future Reports here.


September 13, 2017