Pew finds that a quarter (26%) of lower-income Americans rely on their smartphones for internet access

Pew recently published their latest post in a series
examining how different demographic groups use technology and access the
internet. Their analysis found that a digital divide persists between lower-
and higher-income Americans, despite growing internet and technology use across
the board.

Survey respondents making less than $30,000 per
year have lower levels of technology adoption than their wealthier counterparts
do. About 3 in 10 (29%) lower-income respondents reported they do not own a
smartphone, while nearly all respondents making above $100,000 per year do.
Similarly, more than 2 in 5 lower-income respondents do not have access to home
broadband services (44%) or a traditional desktop or laptop computer (46%),
while more than 90% of the wealthiest respondents have adopted both of these
technologies.

Higher-income respondents are also more likely to
own multiple options for online access. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents
making more than $100,000 per year have home access to broadband internet, a
smartphone, a traditional computer, and a tablet. A little less than 1 in 5
(18%) lower-income respondents said the same. A quarter (26%) of lower-income
respondents said that they rely on smartphones for internet access, a number
that has doubled since 2013 (12%). Reliance on smartphones can make online
tasks that are not optimized for smartphones, like doing homework and applying
for jobs, more difficult.

The full report can be found here.

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