For low-income youth, a smartphone is a lifeline
A study by Nielsen of more than 20,000 U.S. mobile customers found that smartphone penetration among young people in the lowest income bracket is higher than it is among older people in the wealthiest grouping.
“It’s a lifeline, especially for people in poverty, says Lori Gama, a tech, mobile and social expert. “When you get a smartphone, it’s a lifeline to the world.”
The study confirms a 2011 finding by the Pew Internet and American Life Project which found that youth as well as Latinos are the heaviest smartphone users.
“The smartphone is an extension of my teenager,” says Gama. “He’s 16-years-old, it’s a part of him. If he could add it to his arm, he would.”
Gama says the versatility of the smartphone makes it the choice for savvy youth.
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