Re­port shows who is on­line and on the go

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & ARTS - By Omar L. Gal­laga

A few days af­ter we re­ported on the mo­bile Web use of teen mi­nori­ties and low-in­come fam­i­lies, the Pew In­ter­net and Amer­i­can Life Re­search Project re­leased up­dated data on these trends.

Some bits are not that sur­pris­ing. Fifty-nine per­cent of re­spon­dents say they’ve gone on­line wire­lessly, but that in­cludes ac­cess­ing the In­ter­net with a lap­top via Wi-Fi. How­ever, the num­ber shot up from 51 per­cent last year to 59 per­cent in May 2010. And the va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions peo­ple use on cell phones also is in­creas­ing.

Re­gard­ing Lati­nos and African Amer­i­cans, Pew says:

“Nearly two-thirds of African-Amer­i­cans (64 per­cent) and Lati­nos (63 per­cent) are wire­less In­ter­net users, and mi­nor­ity Amer­i­cans are sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to own a cell phone than their white coun­ter­parts. … Ad­di­tion­ally, black and Latino cell phone own­ers take ad­van­tage of a much wider ar­ray of their phones’ data func­tions com­pared to white cell phone own­ers.”

Pew also found that 18 per­cent of African Amer­i­cans and 16 per­cent of Lati­nos are cel­lonly wire­less users; com­pared with 10 per­cent of whites.

Among young peo­ple, 9 out of 10 in the 18-to 29-yearold group own a cell phone. Among those, 95 per­cent send or re­ceive texts, 93 per­cent take pho­tos and 65 per­cent ac­cess the In­ter­net on their phones.

Pew sur­veyed English-speak­ing His­pan­ics only.

Find links to the Pew re­port and Omar L. Gal­laga’s story at

austin360.com/dig­i­tal­sa­vant.

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