Is Internet access – or owning a smartphone – a choice?

LibrarianShipwreck:

…it isn’t that a person needs a smartphone it’s that (in a high-tech society) they need Internet access. If someone has reliable Internet access from another source than they do not need the smartphone, but if the smartphone is their only reliable source of Internet access it becomes much more necessary…

…it is worth noting that the Pew Study showed that due to “financial constraints” some 23% of smartphone owners “have had to cancel or suspend their service” at some point. In short: for a not insignificant number of Americans, smartphones are the way they get online.