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Digital Divide is a Matter of Income

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New York Times is reporting:

Household income is the greatest predictor of Internet use for Americans, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.

In both their access to and use of the Internet and a suite of other technological devices and applications, ho

useholds earning more than $75,000 a year significantly outpace lower-earning households, particularly those making less than $30,000 a year.

While 95 percent of high-income households use the Internet at home in some fashion, just 57 percent of the poorest do. The well-off are also more likely to own cellphones, computers, e-readers and other entertainment devices.

Unsurprisingly, the wealthy engage in online commerce and search for health information more often. However, while there is relatively little disparity across income brackets for consumption of television and print news sources, the richest households are more than twice as likely as the poorest to read online news.

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