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Have Latinos bridged the digital divide?

A recent study by PewResearch Hispanic Center shows that internet usage among Hispanics has increased at a larger rate than anticipated in the last four years:

Latinos own smartphones, go online from a mobile device and use social networking sites at similar—and sometimes higher—rates than do other groups of Americans, according to a new analysis of three surveys by the Pew Research Center.

In additon:

Between 2009 and 2012, the share of Latino adults who say they go online at least occasionally increased 14 percentage points, rising from 64% to 78%.2 Among whites, internet use rates also increased, but only by half as much—from 80% in 2009 to 87% in 2012.

However, my concern is that it’s interpreting mobile devices as a bridge to the digital divide. In fact, many educational programs and services online don’t work off mobile devices. Many (if not most) require that a full model computer be used for the complete benefit. 

What do you think?

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