June 29, 2015
Last week, the Pew Research Center released a report Internet adoption and the digital divide. This report is the 97th the center has released on this topic.
Overall, the news was pretty good. Today, 84 percent of Americans say they use the Internet, an eight-percentage point increase from just five years ago. According to Pew, “For some groups, especially young adults, those with high levels of education, and those in more affluent households, internet penetration is at full saturation levels.” (Emphasis added.) Internet use is rising for other groups too. Pew reports, “For other groups, such as older adults, those with less educational attainment, and those living in lower-income households, adoption has historically been lower but rising steadily, especially in recent years.”
Here are some of the highlights from the report:
While digital divides in the U.S. have not yet been completely erased, they are improving. One way communities can address the remaining divides is to educate residents about the importance of using the Internet. Too many Americans still think the Internet isn’t relevant to their lives. Local lawmakers must work to eliminate that myth.
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