Digital Literacy in America

This Chart Shows The State of Digital Literacy in America

A new report by Pew Research Center found that American’s digital literacy is lacking, with 40 percent of adults answering questions correctly on average. The study asked U.S. adults about a wide range of tech topics from who owns social media sites to tech policies and data privacy.

Overall younger adults and people with higher education were more likely to get digital literacy questions correct. There were three questions that most people got correct, which included what media phishing scams can appear in, what cookies are, and what the biggest source of revenue is for social media platforms.

People were also able to identify that phishing scams can occur on any number of platforms, including social media, websites, email, or text messages. Most respondents knew that cookies track user visits and site activity. Nearly six-in-ten knew that advertising is the largest source of revenue for most social media platforms.

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