Latinos Online, 2006-2008: Narrowing the Gap

Latinos Online, 2006-2008: Narrowing the Gap

According to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center, Internet use among Latino adults rose 10 percent between 2006 and 2008 — from 54 percent to 64 percent — compared to a 4 percent increase for whites. Based on surveys conducted by the center and the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the report, Latinos Online, 2006-2008: Narrowing the Gap (17 pages, PDF), found that foreign-born Latinos, Latinos with less than a high school education, and Latinos with household incomes of less than $30,000 — all groups that historically have had low rates of Internet use — experienced particularly large increases in Internet use over the study period. At the same time, the pattern of home Internet access changed very little; in 2008, for example, 81 percent of Latinos who were online had Internet access at home, compared to 79 percent in 2006.