Home broadband is becoming a luxury for rich Americans
Looking at the Internet, the gap between the poor and the rich has widened.
The latest research report from the Pew Research Center shows that in the United States, mainly higher-income people are using the home Internet, and those whose annual income is less than $ 30,000 are increasingly dependent on smartphones.
Overall, the number of people using the home Internet is on the rise; but compared to previous years, a larger proportion of low-income people are using smartphones as the only way to go online.
This year, 26% of U.S. adults earning less than $ 30,000 said they were “single smartphone” Internet users, and this number was 12%, 20%, and 21 in 2013, 2015, and 2016, respectively. %. Among those with a income of $ 75,000, this figure is only 6%, which is basically unchanged from 5% in 2013.
In 2019, from the perspective of U.S. adults surveyed, 92% of adults using home internet earned more than $ 75,000 a year, and 56% of them made less than $ 30,000.
This difference is key to the proper functioning of certain websites on mobile browsers, such as government services or recruitment sites. In fact, the U.S. government report shows that people are increasingly accessing federal services via smartphones, and in 2018 the United States has passed the Connected Government Act, which requires the federal government to provide mobile-friendly websites. There are other problems with using a smartphone as the main way to connect to the Internet, such as not being able to fill out forms similar to those required for job applications. Smartphones cannot handle multiple tasks at the same time, nor can they install or use individual dedicated software, including potential educational tools or portals for young students.
Fortunately, technology has enabled smartphones to have similar functions to laptops or desktops, otherwise low-income people will be troubled by them.