Sometimes when I’m online, I forget just how exclusive the internet really is. Below is a table I pulled from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
As you move up in age, internet use falls. As you move up in education, internet use increases. One out of three people making less than $30,000 do not use the internet. Disproportionately fewer Blacks and Hispanics use the internet relative to whites.
This stuff matters. For many of us who are online daily, it’s a natural event to interact with other people through social networking sites, comments sections, dating sites, etc. Often times we take for granted who we’re talking with, and assume that our interactions translate into something akin to the real world. In truth, what we’re seeing is a wealthier, whiter, younger, more educated sub-population We should keep that in mind.