Survey: Internet use grows fast among Latinos

According to a new survey from the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Latino adults are increasing their use of the internet faster than other ethnic groups, reports the Associated Press. Between 2006 and 2008, the percentage of adult Latinos in the U.S. who used the internet grew to 64 percent from 54 percent, according to the survey. Among whites, internet use increased to 76 percent from 72 percent. Blacks saw the smallest overall gain–two percentage points, to 63 percent.
Latinos who were born in the U.S. were much more likely to go online than those born outside the U.S. This gap persisted even after accounting for differences in education levels, household income, and English proficiency, the report said. Pew also surveyed people on broadband access. In its past surveys, it has found that those with home broadband access are more engaged in the online world, staying in touch with friends and family and finding out what is going on in their communities. More than three-quarters of Latinos who used the internet from their homes did so using a broadband connection. This was up from 63 percent in 2006. For whites, this percentage grew to 82 percent from 65 percent, and for blacks, home broadband access grew to 78 percent from 63 percent…

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