WASHINGTON (AP) — Young, college-educated and higher-income African Americans are just as likely as their white counterparts to use the Internet, and Twitter seems to be a favorite place in cyberspace, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.
The report, released Monday, showed that about 72 percent of African Americans have either home broadband connection or a smartphone, or both. About 86 percent of black Internet users ages 18 to 29 have broadband access at home, about 88 percent are college graduates and about 91 percent earn at least $75,000 annually, Pew researchers said.
African Americans also tend to use Twitter more often than whites, Pew said, noting that 22 percent of blacks access the microblogging social networking site at high levels compared to 16 percent of whites. Confirming the phenomenon of “Black Twitter,” or the use of clever hashtags to spur dialogue on specific topics of interest to blacks, Pew noted that Twitter use rates are higher among young adults, with 40 percent for blacks and 28 percent for whites, and about 96 percent of blacks on Twitter are between 18 and 29 years old.
Overall, 73 percent of African American Internet users and 72 percent of white Internet users use Twitter, Pew said.
Blacks still trail whites when it comes to general Internet use, the report said. About 80 percent of blacks use the Internet compared to 87 percent of their white counterparts, the report said, and more whites have access to broadband service in their homes by about 12 percentage points compared to blacks.
The disparity widens as the population gets older: only 45 percent of African Americans ages 65 and older use the Internet compared to 63 percent of whites in that same age group. Internet use is also less common among blacks who have not attended college. Among blacks surveyed in the report who did not attend college, 63 percent use the internet, compared to 74 percent of whites.
Whites trump blacks by about five percentage points in use of tablet computers and e-readers as well. About 29 percent of African Americans own a tablet computer compared to 34 percent of whites, and about 21 percent of blacks own an e-reader compared to 26 percent of their white counterparts.
Blacks and whites are equally likely to own a cellphone or smartphone. About 92 percent of black adults and 90 percent of whites own a cellphone. Similarly, about 56 percent of blacks own a smartphone, while 53 percent of whites are smartphone owners.
The report is based on data that Princeton Survey Research Associates International collected between July and September 2013 from more than 6,000 adults ages 18 and older.
Celebrity Social Media Troubles
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1. Beyonce was at the center of an Instagram uproar when she posed provocatively in front of a picture of The Last Supper.
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2. Snoop Dogg caught backlash when he uploaded a picture of him smoking marijuana with his teenage son.
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3. After pop singer Rita Ora broke up with Rob Kardashian, he implied that she slept with over 20 guys on Twitter.
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4. Gospel singer Erica Campbell found herself in the middle of a social media uproar over a skin-tight white dress she wore on her album cover.
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5. Floyd Mayweather posted pictures of his ex girlfriend's abortion paperwork on Instagram.
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6. Shaq was found making fun of a disabled man on Instagram. The man eventually created an anti-bullying program as a result.
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7. 13-year-old Willow Smith was the subject of criticism when she was spotted on Instagram with a shirtless 20 year old man
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8. Donald Sterling lost ownership of the LA Clippers from making racist comments that stemmed from a photo of his girlfriend and a black player on Instagram
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9. Kobe Bryant caught backlash over controversial tweets about Trayvon Martin and race.
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10. Nick Cannon caught tons of backlash when he uploaded a photo of him wearing whiteface on Instagram.
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11. Stephen Jackson was fined $25K for a 'hostile tweet' directed at OKC's Serge Ibaka
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12. Ochocinco was fined $25K for tweeting during a pre-season game.
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13. Mark Cuban was fined $25K after publicly criticizing the referees after the Nuggets beat the Mavericks.
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14. Al Roker tweeted a photo from a jury duty he served exposing other jurors' identities.
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15. 50 Cent sent cryptic messages on Twitter about ending his life.
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16. Rihanna had her Instagram account deleted after uploading a magazine cover where she appeared topless.
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17. Teyana Taylor lost her Adidas deal after making a picture of a battered Rihanna her profile picture during a Twitter spat with the singer.
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18. Roland Martin got in trouble with GLADD and was suspended from CNN.
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19. Ciara and Rihanna had a Twitter spat but have since made up.
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20. Chris Brown on GMA tweeted "I'm so over people bringing this s**t up!!!"
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21. Lady Gaga upset the National Eating Disorder Asso. with the hashtag PopSingersD
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22. Spike Lee tweeted the wrong address for George Zimmerman.
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23. Ashton Kutcher's ill-advised Joe Paterno tweet
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24. Kanye tweeted his opinion on women who use pregnancy as a money making scheme
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25. Gilbert Gottfried was dropped by Aflac for tasteless Tsunami jokes.
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26. Justin Bieber pretended to tweet his own number and causing trouble for a couple
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27. Rashard Mendenhall he tweeted his objection to folks celebrating Osama's death.
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28. Courtney Love accused a former Nirvana drummer of seducing her daughter.
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