Lack of broadband can be a key obstacle, especially for job seekers
Americans view trouble in finding work or advancing one’s career as the most significant impediment facing those without broadband.
Home Broadband 2015
The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued: It now stands at 67%, down slightly from 70% in 2013. At the same time, more Americans rely only on their smartphones for online access.
The numbers behind the broadband ‘homework gap’
A new Pew Research Center analysis finds low-income households, especially black and Hispanic ones, make up a disproportionate share of the 5 million with school-age children that lack broadband access.
U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans own a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011. Today, 19% rely to some extent on a smartphone for internet access, but connectivity for these users is frequently tenuous.
7 things to know about offline Americans
The Pew Research Center recently reported that 15% of American adults are not internet users. Here are some lesser-known things that we found when in exploring offline Americans and their lives.
How Pew Research calculates broadband adoption
Since publishing new figures this week on home broadband adoption, Pew Research has received questions on how it calculates its figure. Kathryn Zickuhr of the Pew Research Center Internet Project provides the answers.
Broadband Usage in the Home
Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband connection at home as of May 2013, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
3% of Americans use dial-up at home
A small share of Americans still connect to the internet at home via dial-up.
While the number of Americans who go online has increased substantially over the years, about one-in-five adults still do not use the internet. About half of non-users don’t go online because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them.
Latinos and Digital Technology
Latinos are less likely than whites to access the internet, have a home broadband connection or own a cell phone. However, Hispanics and whites with similar socioeconomic characteristics have similar usage patterns for these technologies.