Survey: Internet Use Grows Fast Among Latinos. A Pew Study.

Posted by truecreek on December 24, 2009 under More Dam News, Research | Be the First to Comment

The Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Project and Internet Project combined forces to write an in-depth look at Internet penetration across racial and ethnic categories in the U.S.

A summary of the major findings:

From 2006 to 2008, Internet use among Latino adults rose by 10 percentage points, from 54% to 64%. In comparison, the rates for whites rose four percentage points, and the rates for blacks rose only two percentage points during that time period.  Though Latinos continue to lag behind whites, the gap in Internet use has shrunk considerably.

For Latinos, the increase in Internet use has been fueled in large part by increases in Internet use among groups that have typically had very low rates of Internet use.

·        While U.S.-born Latinos experienced a two percentage point increase in Internet use from 75% in 2006 to 77% in 2008, foreign-born Latinos experienced a 12 percentage point increase during the same period, from 40% to 52%.

·        In 2006, 31% of Latinos lacking a high school degree reported ever going online; in 2008, this number was 41%.  In comparison, Latinos with higher levels of education experienced three to four percentage point increases in Internet use.

·        Internet use among Latinos residing in households with annual incomes less than $30,000 increased 17 percentage points from 2006 to 2008.  For Latinos in households earning $30,000 to $49,999 annually, Internet use increased two percentage points, and for Latinos in households earning $50,000 or more annually, there was no change in Internet use.

Read the entire survey, Internet Use Grows Fast Among Latinos, here.

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