For minorities, new ‘digital divide’ seen

Forty-seven percent of Latinos and 41 percent of blacks use their phones for eMail, compared with 30 percent of whites.

When the personal computer revolution began decades ago, Latinos and blacks were much less likely to use one of the marvelous new machines. Then, when the internet began to change life as we know it, these groups had less access to the web and slower online connections placing them on the wrong side of the “digital divide.”

Today, as mobile technology puts computers in our pockets, Latinos and blacks are more likely than the general population to access the web by cellular phones, and they use their phones more often to do more things.

But now some see a new “digital divide” emerging with Latinos and blacks being challenged by more, not less, access to technology. It’s tough to fill out a job application on a cell phone, for example.…Read More