Access to information is extremely important in today’s society. Those that have it are better able to compete in the job market or in gaining access to higher education.
A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds a persistent racial digital divide. The data shows that 66.3 percent of African America households have a desktop or laptop computer. More than 81 percent of White households have a desktop or laptop computer.
The report shows that 58.9 percent of Black households have a handheld computer. Here the racial gap is much smaller. Some 63.4 percent of White households have a handheld computer.
Just over 60 percent of African American households have high-speed internet access. For White households the figure is 76.2 percent.
Previous research has shown than African Americans are more likely than Whites to use smartphones and in many cases this is their only access point to the Internet. But computer internet access in the home is viewed as more beneficial for studying, completing homework, applying for jobs, and searching for the right college or university to attend.