Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A survey by the Pew Hispanic Center has found that fewer Hispanics than either white or black Americans went online in 2010

The survey found that just under two thirds of adult Hispanics - 65% - went online in 2010, compared to 66% of black adults, and 77% of white adults. Meanwhile, just 45% of Latinos used broadband to access the Internet from home, compared to 52% of black Americans, and 65% of whites. Latinos also trailed in cell phone ownership, the survey found, with just over three quarters - 76% - owning a mobile phone, compared to 79% for blacks and 85% for whites. The disparity in access to digital technology stemmed from the lower average levels of income and education for Hispanics, compared to whites, the report found. According to the U.S. Census Bureau there are around 45 million Hispanics in the United States, about double the number in 1990. According to Census Bureau projections, ethnic and racial minorities in the United States are tipped to become the majority by 2050, by which time nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Latino.

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