Pew Research recently released its findings of a survey conducted to ascertain how the United States has fared so far in the use of broadband service and smartphones for online Internet activities. According to these results despite being a leading developed nation at least 20% of the US adult population are without smartphones or broadband facilities for Internet access. At least 3% of the population is still hooked up to the traditional dial up Internet connection.
Pew Research, a popular think tank conducts similar surveys on a regular basis and its most recent survey statistics for the month ending May 2013 indicates that at present 70% of adults in the US have broadband Internet connectivity in their homes. The proportion of connected households increases according to the income ladder, age and other factors such as race.
Though ‘digital divide’ is the common term used to describe the connected and un-connected individuals in the nation, Pew attributes the disparity to a marked consumer preference. Kathryn Zickuhr, Pew Research Associate and lead writer has written in the survey report, ‘we have consistently found that education, age and household income are some of the strongest factors leading to home broadband adoptions. Though many dial up Internet users have cited cost and access as main reasons for not having broadband facility for those adults who have no Internet access at all, the main issue most often is a lack of interest’.
However, the Pew survey does not clearly indicate how many of the 30% un-connected individuals are actually using Internet at their work premises. Since the lack of interest for having Internet at home can be chiefly attributed to having the same facility at work. Pew has established that there is marked evidence of a mobile phone substitution as at least 56% of the adult population in US is now using Smartphone devices. 10% of the survey respondents have admitted that they use smartphones as an alternative for the computer plus broadband connectivity.