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Online All the Time for Multicultural Teens

By July 27, 2015 No Comments

According to a study from The Pew Research Center, 92 percent of teens ages 13 to 17 report going online daily, including 24 percent who say they go online “almost constantly.” Fifty-six percent of teens go online several times a day and 12 percent report once-a-day use; just 6 percent of teens report going online weekly and 2 percent go online less often. Much of this abundance of access is facilitated by smartphones; nearly three-quarters of teens have a smartphone while just 12 percent say they have no cell phone of any type. Ninety-one percent of teens go online from mobile devices at least occasionally, and 94 percent of these mobile teens go online daily or more often, compared with 68 percent of teens who do not use mobile devices to go online.


The study found Internet usage varies by race; African-American and Hispanic youth report going online with greater frequency than white teens. One-third of African-American (34 percent) and Hispanic (32 percent) teens report going online “almost constantly” compared to only 19 percent of white teens. White teens are more likely to say they go online several times a day — the most commonly expressed frequency of Internet access across all groups. Youth from higher income families go online more frequently than youth from less wealthy households; 93 percent of teens from homes earning more than $30,000 annually go online daily compared with 86 percent of those from households earning $30,000 or less.

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