Blacks and Latinos have adopted the use of smart phones faster than any other race, a new study finds.

Most Americans own or want a smart phone. But the Pew Internet & American Life Project study revealed that those with lower incomes and less education often depend on their phones as their main source of internet access.

Color Lines reports that this is because it is more affordable to purchase a smart phone then it is to purchase or replace a laptop:

Smartphone users now outnumber users of more basic mobile phones within the national adult population, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Nearly every major demographic group—men and women, younger and middle-aged adults, urban and rural residents, the wealthy and the less well-off—experienced a notable uptick in smartphone penetration over the last year, and blacks and Latinos are leading the way.

African-Americans and Latinos overall adoption of smartphone rates in 2011 was higher than the national average: smartphone penetration is 49% in each case, just higher than the national average of 46%.

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