A survey by the Pew Research Center found that today nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and 19 percent of Americans rely to some degree on a smartphone for accessing online services and information and for staying connected to the world around them.
These statistics should not be too surprising, but once we get into the statistics of minority use, things get a bit more interesting.
Based on seven different categories of information, the percentages of whites, blacks, and Hispanics were compared to each other in terms of their smartphone use. In terms of finding information about a specific health condition, 73 percent of Hispanics used their smartphones for this, while a small population of Hispanics used their phones to submit job applications, only 26 percent.
Those who were less likely to own some other type of computing device, own a bank account, have access to health insurance, and are more likely to rent or live with a friend or family member – they represented a substantial minority of Americans who indicated that their smartphones played a central role in their access to services and content.