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The Smartphone Fallacy

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The Smartphone FallacyOne of the most common misconceptions we heard was that "poor people don't have smartphones." In fact, a higher proportion of low-income Americans rely on their smartphone for Internet access than the population as a whole. A 2013 Pew research survey showed that 45% of users living in households with an annual income of less than $30,000 mostly use their phone to go online, compared with 27% of those living in households with an annual income of $75,000 or more.

Significance Labs recently conducted a survey on smartphone usage among 1,900 New Yorkers living in households making less than $50,000 a year. A preview of the results showed that 87% of the respondents who owned a phone had a smartphone, usually an Android. One quarter of respondents had two phones, often one with a basic text and call plan and a smartphone which they used when they had access to Wi-Fi. Respondents had on average of between six and seven apps which they used regularly and one-third had paid for an app.

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Basically a smartphone is a computer than anyone can have.

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