Pew: Mobile Helping Narrow Digital Divide, But Not For All
“America’s digital divide is narrowing in some respects, mainly due to the rise of mobile computing, but other metrics indicate that it is solidifying along income, age, and educational lines, according to a new report from the Pew Internet Project.
Some 63 percent of U.S. adults now access the Internet through a mobile device like a cell phone, laptop, ereader, or tablet, Pew reported in a summary of its survey of 2,260 adults aged 18 and older conducted between July 25 and Aug. 26, 2011.
The rise of mobile has helped to narrow the digital divide between white Americans and minorities, according to Pew.
“Even beyond smartphones, both African Americans and English-speaking Latinos are as likely as whites to own any sort of mobile phone, and are more likely to use their phones for a wider range of activities,” the report stated.’