Census: Computer ownership, internet connection varies widely across U.S.
Nearly 25 years after the birth of the world wide web, most Americans have computers and internet access, but the nation remains a patchwork of connectivity, with some metro areas full of high-speed connections and others much less plugged in.
Tablet and E-reader Ownership
The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.
Who’s Not Online?
15% of American adults do not use the internet at all, and another 9% of adults use the internet but not at home. The main reasons they cite for not using the internet are relevance, usability, cost and access.
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.
Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing
A majority of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing and make teaching writing easier, but also worry that they are having some undesirable effects.
Latinos Closing the Digital Divide
Latinos own smartphones, go online from a mobile device and use social networking sites at similar — and sometimes higher — rates than do other groups of Americans.
How Teachers Are Using Technology
A survey of select middle and high school teachers shows digital tools are widely used in their classrooms, yet many teachers worry about digital divides when it comes to their students’ access to technology.
Four Newspapers Succeeding Amid Grim Economic Landscape
Here are case studies of four newspapers that have found new business models that are generating significant new income.
Internet Access at Libraries
African-Americans and Latinos were more likely than whites to access the internet at their local library, as were parents of minor children, those under age 50, and those with some college experience.
The Best and Worst of Mobile Phones
Mobile phone owners like the convenience and ease of connectivity the devices offer, but rue that they can be interrupted more easily, have to pay the bills, and face bad connections.