Payment Apps Like Venmo and Cash App Bring Some Users' Convenience
They also bring others security concerns
From books to dating, many aspects of life have gone digital, and wallets are no exception. Today, many Americans use the internet and smartphones to transfer money to friends, family and businesses. And while users praise these platforms for making paying for things easier, they also express concerns about security and privacy, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
PayPal – which was founded more than two decades ago – is used by a majority of U.S. adults (57 percent). Smaller shares report ever using Venmo (38 percent) or Zelle (36 percent) and about one-quarter (26 percent) say they have ever used Cash App, according to the survey, which was conducted July 5-17. In total, 76 percent of Americans say they have ever used at least one of these four payment sites or apps.
Across each of the platforms measured in the survey, adults under 50 have adopted these tools at higher rates. But the starkest age gap relates to Venmo: 57 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds report using Venmo, compared with 49 percent of those ages 30 to 49 and smaller shares among those 50-64 (28 percent) and 65 and older (15 percent).
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