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According to new research by the project, 8 percent of Americans are â€œomnivoreâ€ consumers of online gadgets and services and heavy participants in Web 2.0 activities.
At a broader level of generalization, the survey categorizes U.S. adults into three main groups: 31 percent of adults are â€œelite tech usersâ€ (including omnivores); about 20 percent are â€œmiddle of the road tech users;â€ and about 49 percent of the adult population is comprised of individuals who have â€œfew tech assets."
Pew describes this latter group has having a â€œdistant or non-existent relationshipâ€ with modern information technology. It includes the 27 percent of the population that doesnâ€™t have a cell phone.
Omnivores, it should come as no surprise, have the youngest median age: 28 years old, versus a median age of 53 of the â€œlight but satisfiedâ€ group that least uses information and communications technology.
â€œSome of this diffidence is driven by peopleâ€™s concerns about information overload; some is related to peopleâ€™s sense that their gadgets have more capacity than users can master; some is connected to peopleâ€™s sense that things like blogging and creating home-brew videos for YouTube is not for them; and some is rooted in peopleâ€™s inability to afford or their unwillingness to buy the gear that would bring them into the digital age,â€ according to Pew.
The survey, released on May 7, sampled 4,001 people aged 18 and older via telephone interviews earlier this year and has a sampling error of 2 percentage points.
Hat tip: Physorg.com