Higher-income Americans more tech-savvy

Posted by Kate Taylor

People with higher incomes use the internet far more than those earning less, according to a study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

They're more likely to manage their money  and get news via the internet, as well as spending more time online overall.

Virtually all - 95 percent - of Americans who live in households earning $75,000 or more a year use the internet at least occasionally, compared with 70 percent of those earning under that threshold.

And even among those who do use the internet, lower earners are likely to use it less.

Of the higher-income internet users, 99 percent use the internet at home, compared with 93 percent of lower-earning internet users.
Ninety-three percent of higher-income home internet users have a broadband connection, compared with 85 percent of the lower earners.

Ninety-five percent of higher-income households own some type of cellphone, compared with 83 percent in households with a lower ncome.

And the higher the earnings, the more internet use. Examining households with an income of $150,000 or more, Pew found it was more or less universal.

"In fact, technology saturates the lives of affluent Americans. Nearly all (96%) of this affluent demographic use the internet or email," says the report. "Nine in ten (89%) of the high-income internet users have searched online for maps or directions, 86% have researched a product online, and 82% get a portion of their news online."