A recent study released by the Pew Research Center revealed that minorities are the most avid users of internet over their cell phones. Also low-income groups are the fastest adopters of the mobile web technology in contrast to the wealthier communities who have had more access to the internet in the past two decades.
For lower-income families wireless devices are a gateway to the internet, 46 percent of households earning less than $30,000 report they use data services on their wireless devices, an 11 percentage increase from 2009.
Overall Hispanics are the largest users of data applications on their cellphones and laptops. The research revealed that 83 percent of Hispanics said they use text messages, 47 percent of Hispanics use e-mail, and 18 percent of Hispanics have purchased a product over their mobile device. All of these figures are leading the pack among their African American and White counterparts.
There are limits however to the mobile devices access to what is called public purpose applications that include help finding jobs, managing household expenses, and homework. The penetration of internet usage through smart phones in minority communities is an improvement however to the previous inaccessibility.