Mobile internet use shrinks digital divide

Quick: Picture an Internet aficionado, circa 1995. The first image that comes to my mind is Dennis Nedry, the embryo thief in "Jurassic Park," who met his untimely end facing down a dinosaur in a soggy mud pit. The second is Milton Waddams, the befuddled, staple-hoarding drone from "Office Space." But the common characteristics of those two characters — they are both middle-aged and white — may no longer be a fitting stereotype, at least when it comes to today’s mobile internet aficionado, according to a report released Wednesday by the Internet and American Life Project of the Pew Research Center, reports The New York Times. The survey, conducted in April by interviewing 2,253 Americans, found that while accessing the Internet via a mobile phone was increasing, the swell was reflected most sharply among African-Americans. "The typical early adopter of a dozen years ago was a white guy in his mid- to late thirties," said John Horrigan, associate director of the Pew Internet Project and principal author on the report. "Now you see the cutting edge in mobile Internet being populated by younger people of color."

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