MSNBC -1 -0.6% Digital media is now more common than online, but a growing number of people are using technology to keep up with what’s happening.
In a survey of 4,000 Americans by The Atlantic, 42% said they use a smartphone or tablet to keep in touch with friends and family, while 19% said that’s their primary way to access the web.
More than half (55%) of those surveyed said they have an app or website for accessing the web and social media.
And the number of Americans using the internet to keep tabs on events and the news is growing, even as the number who do online continues to decline.
Millennials are increasingly using technology, and those who use it to watch sports and get updates on news are also more likely to have a smartphone.
About half (52%) of adults with smartphones said they watch sports, with 43% using their smartphones to do so.
About two-thirds of the millennials surveyed said that they use social media to keep abreast of the news and information, with 33% saying that’s the primary way they access the internet.
More millennials say they’ve made use of social media for news than all other generations surveyed, with 53% saying they’ve done so in the last year.
The digital divide, however, is far from resolved.
About six-in-ten (59%) of Americans with smartphones say they use the internet for news and updates, with just 21% saying the same for social media, according to the Atlantic survey.
A majority of the public is divided over whether people should be required to get a license to use their smartphone to watch TV, with 47% in favor of a requirement, while 42% say they should not.
Millennials and Gen Zers are more likely than all generations surveyed to say a license should be needed to watch online video.
Just 21% of Millennials and 20% of Gen Zer adults say a TV license should not be needed for video streaming, while a majority of all adults surveyed say that it should be.
The digital divide is even more pronounced among people with a college degree or less education.
About one-third (35%) of people with less than a college education say a television license should never be needed, while 52% say it should.
Millennials have a mixed view on the issue, with 42% of those with a high school diploma or less saying a license is not necessary for video watching.
The divide is more pronounced when people with some college education are asked about a TV-license requirement, with 44% saying it should never happen, while another 34% say a licensing requirement should be made.
The public is split over whether a license would help prevent cyber attacks on people, with 41% saying a licensing mandate would help, and 42% saying its not likely to.
The survey was conducted between Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 among 4,012 adults in the U.S. with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.