September 14, 2012
Online Creativity Seen In Nearly Half Of All Internet Users
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Technology is helping to make us more creative, and a new survey by Pew Research Center shows that nearly half of Internet users publish their creativity online for the world to see.
Pew's Internet & American Life Project found that 46 percent of Internet users post original photos and videos they have created themselves online, while 41 percent re-post images and videos they find from other places on the Internet.
The research center called the phones of 1,005 adults last month to conduct the survey, 799 of which were Internet users.
Overall, Pew said it found that 56 percent of Internet users are at least a creator or a curator of content, and 32 percent of Internet users do both activities.
Pew found that 35 percent of Internet users have reposted photos they have found online, while 25 percent have reposted videos they found.
Collecting and reposting images online is a popular activity for the up-and-coming website Pinterest. On this site, users can find images of things they like online, then they can "pin" it to their "pinboards." The site is popular among users who are planning weddings to collect and organize ideas.
Pew said that 12 percent of online adults say they use Pinterest, and nearly 19 percent of women online say they use the popular curating site.
As far as the creative types go, Instagram tends to hold the more Ansel Adams type of Internet user. Pew found that 12 percent of online adults say they use Instagram. About 27 percent of the photo-sharing service users are between the ages 18 and 29.
The survey also reached out to get an update on how many Internet users are on Facebook. Pew found that 66 percent of online adults use Facebook, while 20 percent still use LinkedIn and just 16 percent use Twitter.