More Americans Feel at Home on the Mobile Web, Report Finds
Surf's up! A Pew Research report finds more Americans than ever before are using their cell phones to access the mobile Web, employing a variety of applications such as listening to music and recording video.Americans are using mobile devices and notebooks to access the mobile Web more than ever before, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. Cell phone and wireless laptop Internet use have each grown more prevalent over the last year, the report found, with nearly half of all adults (47 percent) going online with a laptop using a WiFi connection or mobile broadband card-up from the 39 percent who did so as of April 2009. Forty percent of adults use the Internet, e-mail or instant messaging on a mobile phone, up from the 32 percent of Americans who did this in 2009, the report found. That means that 59 percent of adults now access the Internet wirelessly using a laptop or cell phone-that is, they answered "yes" to at least one of these wireless access pathways. That adds up to an increase from the 51 percent who used a laptop or cell phone wirelessly in April 2009, the firm noted.
The results of the report were based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International between April 29 and May 30 among a sample of 2,252 adults, age 18 and older. The report, based on a daily tracking survey on Americans' use of the Internet, also found use of non-voice data applications on cell phones grew dramatically over the last year. Compared with a similar point in 2009, cell phone owners are now more likely to use their mobile phones to play music, games and videos; send or receive text messages; and take pictures.