Today, we’ve got a new report out that shows while increased internet adoption and the rise of mobile connectivity have reduced many gaps in technology access over the past decade, differences in internet access still exist among different demographic groups, especially when it comes to access to high-speed broadband at home. Among the findings:
- One in five American adults does not use the internet
- Among adults who do not use the internet, almost half have told us that the main reason they don’t go online is because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them
- The 27% of adults living with disability in the U.S. today are significantly less likely than adults without a disability to go online (54% vs. 81%). Furthermore, 2% of adults have a disability or illness that makes it more difficult or impossible for them to use the internet at all
- Though overall internet adoption rates have leveled off, adults who are already online are doing more
Internet access is no longer synonymous with going online with a desktop computer:
- Currently, 88% of American adults have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer; about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices.
- Groups that have traditionally been on the other side of the digital divide in basic internet access are using wireless connections to go online