Thursday, March 19, 2009

Study Probes Online Power of Hispanic Consumers

NEW YORK Not so long ago, a report on Hispanic Americans' Internet usage would likely have been focusing on a "digital divide," with Hispanic and other minorities lagging far behind the general population in online access and activity. The title of a Scarborough Research report released today, "The Power of the Hispanic Consumer Online," gives a quick hint at how times have changed.

The report finds Hispanic Internet users to be "avid downloaders of digital content," thanks in part to a broadband adoption rate mirroring that of the nation's overall online population.Scarborough says 54 percent of Hispanic adults are online, vs. 69 percent of total U.S. adults. (If anything, the gap is likely to be narrower now, as the national data for the report were gathered between February 2007 and March 2008.) Among Hispanics who are online, 68 percent have a broadband connection in their household, as do 71 percent of U.S. Internet users in general.

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