Americans moving to mobile Internet: survey

June 26, 2012

A growing number of Americans use their mobile phones to access the Internet, and some use that as their only device to get online, a survey showed Tuesday.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project found 88 percent of US adults had a cell of some kind as of April, and 55 percent of them use their phone to go online.

One out of six, or 17 percent of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device.

Most do so for convenience, but for some their phone is their only option for online access, the found.

Young adults and non-whites are most likely to use their cell phones for the majority of their online browsing, it found.

Among 18-29 year-olds, 45 percent said they do most of their online browsing on their device. That was also true of 51 percent of African-American cell Internet users and 43 percent of Latinos.

"Cell phones are convenient, always available -- 64 percent of cell-mostly Internet users mention factors related to convenience or the always-available nature of mobile phones when asked for the main reason why they do most of their online browsing on their cell phone," a Pew report said.

Eighteen percent of cell-mostly Internet users said using their phone is "a simpler, more effective choice for going online," it added.

The report was based on a telephone survey conducted March 15 to April 3 of 2,254 adults age 18 and over, including 903 interviews conducted on the respondent's .

Explore further: AOL improves mobile service

Related Stories

AOL improves mobile service

April 4, 2006

America Online announced Monday it will provide a mobile browsing service that will reformat Web sites to small screens of mobile phones.

Recommended for you

Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots' (Update)

July 28, 2015

A group of top tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on Tuesday issued a stern warning against the development of so-called killer robots.

Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

July 27, 2015

Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives ...

Where is solar power headed?

July 22, 2015

Most experts agree that to have a shot at curbing the worst impacts of climate change, we need to extricate our society from fossil fuels and ramp up our use of renewable energy.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.