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20% of Us Are Online 'Almost Constantly'

The figures is even higher among those under 50

(Newser) - Do you rarely disconnect from the web? You're not alone. A Pew survey of 2,001 American adults shows 21% who use the Internet do so "almost constantly," reports NBC News . The figure is much higher among younger generations—36% of people 18 to 29 and 28%... More »

27% of Americans Didn't Read a Book Last Year

New survey offers up somewhat depressing stat

(Newser) - A depressing state for bibliophiles: 27% of American adults surveyed this year said they had not read a single book during the prior year. That's out of a Pew Research survey conducted in March and April. Seventy-two percent said they had read at least one book in that timeframe... More »

Students: Here's How Often We Get Raped

Survey adds to 'rape crisis' data in US colleges

(Newser) - A new survey only adds to the growing perception that there's a rape crisis in US colleges, the Washington Post reports. According to 150,000 students responding at 27 schools, more than one in five female undergraduates have been sexually assaulted (including forced kissing or groping) and 11% experienced... More »

Married GOPers Are More Satisfied

67% of Republicans say they're 'very happy' in holy matrimony: survey

(Newser) - A University of Virginia sociologist who's not convinced that liberal families are better off than conservative ones has what he says is more data to back up his theory. W. Bradford Wilcox says that not only do families who live in "red" conservative counties "enjoy somewhat stronger... More »

Only 3% of Apple Watch Owners Aren't Impressed

66% are absolutely 'delighted': survey

(Newser) - On the eve of tomorrow's earnings call , Apple has reason to celebrate the latest news about its Apple Watch: A new survey indicates that 97% of Apple Watch owners are satisfied with their purchase, Mashable reports. The survey by independent research company Wristly polled more than 800 owners and... More »

Half of Doctors Constantly Play Mobile Games at Work

Dopamine activated by gaming 'overrides judgment': psych professor

(Newser) - "Let's start your colonoscopy as soon as I complete Dreamworld Level 171" probably isn't something you want to hear your gastroenterologist say, but according to a new YouGov survey on phone usage in the workplace, a good number of doctors just can't quit their mobile gaming... More »

Men, Women Want Sex at Opposite Times of Day

Ladies are night owls, guys are early risers: survey

(Newser) - It's time for another Telegraph sex poll . And look what just popped up: a survey by sex-toy company Lovehoney that effectively serves as both a font of relationship information and a weekend buzzkill. According to the survey, men and women aren't in sync in the bedroom when it... More »

Surveys Show Where LGBT Americans Live

Western cities top the list, and here's why

(Newser) - Want to meet Americans who tell pollsters they're gay? Then try metropolitan areas out West—including, oddly enough, Salt Lake City—even over East Coast or Midwestern cities, Vox reports. Drawing on surveys of more than 374,000 adults in 50 US cities, Gallup says the top five for... More »

Gun Ownership Rate Hits Record Low

Less than a third of Americans have gun in house

(Newser) - The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it has ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt. According to the... More »

Suck It, Barbie: You're Not Most Popular Anymore

More parents want merchandise from 'Frozen'

(Newser) - Bad news, Barbie: Parents these days kinda prefer Queen Elsa and her animated co-stars from the movie Frozen, CNBC reports. A holiday toys survey finds that one in five parents plan to purchase merchandise from the Disney flick for their girls, while Barbie ranks second (for the first time in... More »

Survey: Men Hang Onto Their Underwear for 7 Years

(If the Brits are anything to go by)

(Newser) - Some less-than-appealing news from Britain: There's a decent chance the guy sitting next to you is wearing 7-year-old underwear. That's the average length of time men hang on to their undies before buying new ones, a UK survey finds, as noted by the Huffington Post . "I know... More »

6 Medical Conspiracies People Really Believe

Nearly 50% of people surveyed believe at least one theory

(Newser) - Think a US spy agency has infected black Americans with HIV? Or cell phones cause cancer and the government secretly knows? You're not alone: Roughly half of Americans believe in one or more medical conspiracies, according to a new survey. Two researchers asked 1,351 adults whether they knew... More »

A Third of Americans Don't Believe in Evolution

Among Republicans, it's more than half: Pew survey

(Newser) - Sorry, science: Fewer than half of Republicans and white evangelical Protestants in the US believe that humans and other living things have evolved over time, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Overall, a third of Americans say living things are unchanged "since the beginning of time,... More »

Young GOPers: Party Is 'Racist,' 'Old-Fashioned'

Youths call Republicans 'closed-minded,' 'racist'

(Newser) - Earlier this year, an RNC report cited major concerns with public perception of the party. Now, a 95-page report by college Republicans based on youth surveys offers a similarly bleak portrait, citing a "dismal present situation." Those surveyed called the GOP "closed-minded, racist, rigid," and "... More »

The 12 Things Nearly All Americans Agree On

Surveys show most of us believe in God, are OK with birth control

(Newser) - What can nine out of 10 Americans agree on? Survey says: not much. That's partly because the big polls such as Pew, Gallup, and the General Social Survey are designed to explore differences, not to document what unites the United States. Still, a few questions discover 90% agreement, or... More »

Gun Ownership Numbers Way Down

National ownership rate falls to 35%: survey

(Newser) - A national survey shows that US gun ownership has fallen steeply since the 1980s, even in the South and Western mountain areas where guns are more popular, the New York Times reports. The national ownership rate hovered around 50% in the 1970s and '80s, but dropped to 43% in... More »

23% of Female Troops Suffer Sex Assaults in War Zones

And about half report sex harassment, survey finds

(Newser) - Nearly half of US women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan say they've suffered sexual harassment, and almost a quarter say they've been sexually assaulted, a Department of Veterans Affairs study finds. But far less than that gets reported: Just 115 assaults were reported last year, though as of... More »

Most, Least Corrupt Nations

North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia fare worst in annual rankings

(Newser) - Surprise, surprise: North Korea is perceived as highly corrupt, according to Transparency International's annual rankings . The group gave 176 nations a score from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Here's a look at some of the findings:
  • Afghanistan and Somalia tied North Korea for last place, each
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Is Facebook Better Than Sex?

Not tonight, dear, I have to check my computer

(Newser) - It might not be better than sex, but Facebook—along with checking email and surfing the web—is apparently more irresistible, a new study has found. The smartphone-based survey of mostly college-aged respondents tracked their most irresistible desires several times a day. While most reported that sex was a stronger... More »

Poll: 3.4% of US Adults Are Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

LGBT identification highest among younger, non-white, less educated

(Newser) - A new survey has found that 3.4% of US adults identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. The Gallup poll, believed to be the largest ever aimed at calculating the LGBT population, interviewed more than 121,000 people. The findings upend some stereotypes about the community. "If... More »

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