Pew: Over Half of Cellphone Users Surf Net With Mobile Devices
Almost third of those say it is primary tool for Web use
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/26/2012 10:58:52 AM
Of the 88% of Americans who own a cellphone, 55% say they use it to go online, according to a new Pew Internet and American Life Project survey. That is up from the 31% of respondents in 2009 who said they used their phone to go online.
In addition, 31% of cellphone surfers say they "mostly" go online with their phones rather than a computer. That percentage is much higher for 18-29-year-olds, with 45% of those saying they do most of their online browsing on their phones.
That percentage is even higher for African-Americans, with 51% doing most of their online browsing by phone, more than double the percentage of whites (24%).
Of those that do rely on cellphones, almost two-thirds (64%) say it is for convenience, but 10% say it is because they lack other online access.
The telephone survey was conducted March 15-April 3 among 2,254 adults 18-plus. Appropriately, that included 903 interviews via cellphone.
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