Report shows who is online and on the go
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