Survey shows well-off more likely to be on the Web

A new survey from Pew's Internet and American Life project lends support to the notion of the "digital divide" by showing that higher-income households are significantly more likely to rely on the Web.

Ninety-five percent of Americans from households earning $75,000 or more use the Internet at least occasionally, compared to 70 percent of individuals from lower-income households. The same percentage of users from higher-income households own cell phones, compared to 83 percent of households with less income.

"In many cases, the most noticeable difference in online engagement between various income groups relates to their intensity of use," the report states. "On any given day, the internet users in the higher-income bracket are more likely than the internet users in lower-income brackets to be doing various online activities."

Higher-income households were also significantly more likely to have a computer and broadband connection at home, while less than 55 percent of lower-income households currently have both. Wealthier households were also more likely to use e-mail, pay bills and read news online.