Pew Research said 99 percent of people earning $75,000 or more use the Internet at home, compared with 93 percent of the Internet users in lower brackets. The number gulf widens.
Some 95 percent of people earning more than $75,000 access the Internet from
computers and other devices at least occasionally, compared with 70 percent of
people earning less money in the United States.
That's the latest finding from Pew Research Center's Internet and American
Life Projects, polled more than 8,000 people
aged 18 and older in three
separate telephone surveys from late 2009 to 2010.
The researcher found that 99 percent of the higher income bracket folks use
the Internet at home, compared with 93 percent of the Internet users in lower
Also, people in the households sporting higher incomes differ from other
Americans in their technology ownership and use, often owning multiple devices
to conduct online banking, surf for news and access other applications.
Some 95 percent of higher income households own a cell phone, compared with
83 percent in households with less income.
Roughly 79 percent of those living in households earning $75,000 or more own
desktop computers, compared with 55 percent of those living in less well-off
The number steepens for laptop use, with 79 percent of those in the
high-income bracket using laptops, compared with 47 percent of those living in
less well-off homes.
The gulf widens with devices considered to be more tailored for users'
entertainment, such as Apple iPods, Apple iPad tablets, and game consoles such
as the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Wii.
Internet connections play a big role in the differences between those
earning more money.
Some 93 percent of higher-income Internet users have some type of broadband
connection at home versus 85 percent of the Internet users who live in
households earning less than $75,000 per year.
Pew's part about broadband connections highlights one of the ongoing
concerns of the Federal Communications Commission, which is fighting to bring
lower-cost broadband to millions of homes
across the country.
There is certainly a deficit in rural areas, as carriers failed to build
there, though that could change under the National Broadband Plan, provided the
FCC can bring it to fruition.