General Article Digital life in 2025

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Experts predict the Internet will become “like electricity” – less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.

By Jana Anderson and Lee Raine  |  Pew Research Center


The world is moving rapidly towards ubiquitous connectivity that will further change how and where people associate, gather and share information, and consume media. A canvassing of 2,558 experts and technology builders about where we will stand by the year 2025 finds striking patterns in their predictions. The invited respondents were identified in previous research about the future of the Internet, from those identified by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, and solicited through major technology-oriented listservs. They registered their answers online between 25 November, 2013 and 13 January, 2014.

In their responses, these experts foresee an ambient information environment where accessing the Inter

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