Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blacks, Hispanics Continue to Lead in Mobile Data Usage

Mobile internet and data usage is becoming more popular overall as smartphones proliferate and feature phones become more sophisticated, but not all adults are taking up the new habits at the same pace.

A May 2010 study from the Pew Internet & American Life Foundation found that non-Hispanic white adults are still the least likely group to own a mobile phone, at 80%, compared with 87% of black and Hispanic adults. And they’re doing less with the phones they have.

A majority of English-speaking Hispanic adults accessed the internet from their mobile phone, and nearly as many checked email. Black respondents were not far behind, but among whites only a third went online and 30% used email. This pattern was repeated across all mobile data activities studied.

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