Smartphones Are Helping Minorities Leapfrog Over the Digital Divide in the U.S.
(BlackWeb) There’s more evidence of smartphone usage in the United States enabling a kind of “leapfrog effect” over the digital divide. According to a new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American LIfe Project, 44 percent of African Americans and Hispanics say they own a smartphone, compared to just 30 percent of non-Hispanic whites.
That said, class and education levels are also strongly related to smartphone ownership, with just 22% of people making less than $30K/yr saying they own one, compared to about 40% of people between $30K-$75K, and nearly 60 percent of people making more than $75K. The younger you are, though, the more likely you use a smartphone–even among people making less than $30K a year, 39% of those who are 18-29 years old say the have one. Older seniors, by contrast, are less likely, and poorer older seniors especially unlikely, to own a smartphone.
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