Study: The Digital Divide Between Latinos And Whites Is Shrinking

After years of lagging behind other ethnic groups when it comes to accessing the Internet, the “digital divide” between Latinos and whites is now at its narrowest point since 2009.A new study from the Pew Research Center found that the percentage of Latino adults who report using the Internet increased from 64 percent to 84 percent between 2009 and 2015, a faster growth rate than that of whites going online in the same period (80 percent to 89 percent).As a result, the gap in Internet use between Latinos and whites shrank from 16 percentage points in 2009 to just 5 points in 2015.Pew researcher Mark Hugo Lopez says these findings aren’t necessarily surprising; they’re reflective of larger trends. There are more than 55 million Hispanics in the U.S. today, and the nation’s Hispanic residents are the fastest growing population group — and youngest — in the country.The implications of the study, however, push back at perceptions of who we tend to think of as fluent Internet users. “That

After years of lagging behind other ethnic groups when it comes to accessing the Internet, the “digital divide” between Latinos and whites is now at its narrowest point since 2009.A new study from the Pew Research Center found that the percentage of Latino adults who report using the Internet increased from 64 percent to 84 percent between 2009 and 2015, a faster growth rate than that of whites going online in the same period (80 percent to 89 percent).As a result, the gap in Internet use between Latinos and whites shrank from 16 percentage points in 2009 to just 5 points in 2015.Pew researcher Mark Hugo Lopez says these findings aren’t necessarily surprising; they’re reflective of larger trends. There are more than 55 million Hispanics in the U.S. today, and the nation’s Hispanic residents are the fastest growing population group — and youngest — in the country.The implications of the study, however, push back at perceptions of who we tend to think of as fluent Internet users. “That