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New survey finds 70 percent of American adults have high-speed internet

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Having a smartphone has become a necessity, but so does an internet connection at home. A new study published Monday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project found Americans adopt the use of a broadband connection in the home.

The new findings suggest an ever increasing dependence on the internet and the use of technology for every aspect of life. This nationally representative survey conducted by telephone exceeded last year’s mark, which was at 66 percent of Americans who confirmed using the internet at home in 2012.

“We've consistently found that age, education, and household income are among the strongest factors associated with home broadband adoption,” said Kathryn Zickuhr, Research Associate for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and lead author of the report. “Many dial-up users cite cost and access as the main reasons they don’t have broadband, but for adults who don’t use the internet at all, a lack of interest is often the main issue.”

So if you have a post-secondary eduaction, are a young professional with a good salary the trend is to have high speed internet. Surprisingly, the study also found that a tiny 3 percent of American adults go online via dial-up connections.

About nine out of ten college graduates prefer faster internet connections. On the other hand, 37 percent of Americans with just a high school education are likely not make use of broadband internet.

The research data gathered was the result of telephone interviews (in English and Spanish) conducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The study was between April 17 to May 19, 2013 with a sample size of 2,252 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.3 percent.

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