Mobile Web Is The New Web of Life

July 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Is your iPhone or Android keeping you connected online?  You are not alone.

The typical American is quickly adopting mobile Internet usage. In April 2009, 25 percent of mobile phone owners said they used their devices to access the Internet, but in May 2010 that figure had gone up to 38 percent.

Not typical you say?  The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project study found that African Americans and English-speaking Hispanics were well ahead of whites in their use of data applications on handheld devices. While just 30 percent of whites used mobile devices to access the Internet, 46 percent of African Americans and 51 percent of Hispanics did.

Have you noticed that we seem to use our phones for less talking and more doing?

The majority of those surveyed, 76 percent, said they used their wireless devices to take photos, and 54 percent of respondents used their handsets to send someone else a photo or video.

Textmessaging remains popular with 72 percent of respondents using SMS regularly, and 38 percent of those surveyed used their phone’s Web browser to access the Internet–up from 25 percent in 2009. Other popular uses included gaming, music, Instant messaging and recording videos. Interestingly, only 34 percent of respondents said they used their mobile device to send or receive email. Also, despite the popularity of Facebook, only 23 percent said they used their device to access a social network, and only 10 percent said they used their phone to send or receive status messages on services like Twitter.

WiFi usage is growing for both mobile phones and laptops.  Six in ten internet users are now wireless Internet users.  The Pew Research study found that 47 percent of those surveyed use a laptop Wi-Fi connection to get on line, up from 39 percent last year.  Forty-three percent said they went online with a laptop or mobile device several times a day.

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