HomeAsian AmericansAsian Americans Rank First in Internet Use

Asian Americans Rank First in Internet Use

Asians and the internet
English-speaking Asian Americans are more likely to have technical devices than other ethnic groups.

Pew Asians and the internet report 2016

English-speaking Asians have flocked to the internet like no other group of people, according to a new PEW report.

The popular narrative says that Euro Americans “lead in technology adoption while other racial or ethnic groups struggle to keep up,” says the analysis. However, the PEW study says English-speaking Asians are more adept in the new technology that exceeds the rest of the population, including Whites.

The PEW analysis qualifies its report by noting that they did not poll non-English-speaking Asian Americans. A 2012 PEW survey found that 63.5% of Asian Americans say they speak English “very well.”

For several years, many Asian Americans  have suspected they had a larger presence on the Internet much higher  than their relatively small numbers in the general populace .  But until now, there hasn’t been any hard data to support this thesis.


Not surprisingly, the next group in the categories were Whites, followed by African Americans and Latino Americans.

RELEASE: Almost everything about Asian Americans

Here are some of their findings for the English-speaking Asian Americans:

  • 95% use the Internet. It is not even close. In second place, only 87% of Euro Americans  use the Internet.
  • 84% have broadband at home. The gap here is even wider. Only 72% of Whites have broadband.
  • 91% own have a smart phone. 66% of Whites own a smart phone. When including less advanced mobile phones, Asian American usage jumped to 98%.

Researchers surmise that Asian
Americans’ tendency to have higher education and higher income contribute to higher use of high-tech devices.

Hopefully, the findings will convince PEW surveyors to include Asians in their other research about the Internet use and social media.

RELATED: AAPI social networkers make their presence felt

It kind of reminds me of the surveys PEW did in 2011 that gave the education, incomes levels, education, religion, political preference, social attitudes of African Americans and Latinos. The research group skipped Asians because we were numerically too small to get accurate data.

Such a hew and cry came from the Asian American community that PEW was forced to do a similar analysis of the Asian Americans resulting in the 2012 “The Rise of Asian Americans.”

It appears PEW has fallen into its old habits again. Several followup surveys released after this February 2016 report didn’t include Asian Americans.

(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)

(AsAmNews is an all-volunteer effort of dedicated staff and interns. You can show your support by liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/asamnews, following us on Twitter and sharing our stories.)


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Worth the Time

Must Read

Regular Features


Discover more from AsAmNews

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading