Adults who use an online search engine to find other people are most likely to search for someone they have lost touch with; fully 36% of internet users say they have used a search engine to find information about someone from their past. The internet helps to reconnect men and women alike, and has been used at relatively equal levels across age groups with one exception: those who are ages 30 to 49 are more likely than any other age group to have searched for information about those they have lost touch with (42% have done so). Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.