Smartphones are only gateway to the internet for some Americans

Read this article at USA Today about how the only internet access for 7 percent of Americans is through their smartphones.  These smartphone dependent users tend to be young, poorer than most Americans, less educated and are minorities.

SAN FRANCISCO — For 7% of Americans, a smartphone is their only readily available option for accessing the Internet, a survey by the Pew Research Center finds.

“Their phone is really their primary access point for all of the things we take for granted in the online space,” said Aaron Smith, a Pew researcher who helped write the report.

Online access has become increasingly necessary merely to function in the world. About 89% of adult Americans use the Internet, previous Pew research has found.

Many Americans use a mix of ways to get online, which can include a computer, tablet or phone at home, at work or through a friend or at a library.

But 7% are what Pew terms “smartphone reliant” — their phone is their only way to get online.

These smartphone-dependent users are younger, poorer, less-educated and more likely to be a member of a minority than the rest of the nation.

Check out the article here.

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