Cell Phone Gaining Traction as Internet Vehicle of Choice, Survey Finds

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News Posted: Wed, Jun 27 2012 11:02 AM
A recent study has found that more and more mobile phone users are tapping into their cell phones to not only surf the Internet, but to do the majority of their online Web browsing. Folks who use their cell phone to go online were once the exception to the rule. In April 2009, Pew Internet found that slightly less than a third -- 31 percent -- of all cell phone owners used their phone to go online, and today that number is up to 55 percent.

Almost a third -- 31 percent -- of current "cell Internet users," which are individuals who use their mobile phone to go online, say they "mostly go online using their cell phone" as opposed to any other device, including a laptop to desktop computer.


Breaking it down by demographic, it's no surprise that young people between the ages of 18 and 29 are more likely to do most of their surfing on their phone than any other age group. Pew Internet didn't stop there, however, and found that African American users are twice as likely to do most of their online browsing as Caucasians (51 percent versus 24 percent).

Interestingly, people who make less than $50,000 a year and have not graduated college are most likely to use their phones for the majority of their Internet browsing, though the No. 1 determining factor had nothing to do with the cost of, say, an iPad or laptop versus a subsidized cell phone. Most survey respondents -- 64 percent -- pointed to convenience as the main reason.
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anon13579 replied on Wed, Jun 27 2012 11:52 AM

I don't understand this at all. Are you retarded???

"...not only surf the Internet, but to do...online Web browsing" - what is the difference? Do you understand computers at all?!?

"...individuals who use their mobile phone to go online, say they mostly go online using their cell phone...". Wait, let me get this straight, so you're telling me people that use their cell phone to go online actually use their cell phone to go online??? You're a friggin' genius!

If you were drunk or hungover then my apologies. Otherwise write about something you know.

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Since you asked so politely, I'll address both quotes:

1) You left out a key word, that being "MAJORITY" (in all caps for emphasis). Granted, people are increasingly using cell phones to surf the Web, that's a given. But what the study is saying is that a growing percentage of those folks are using their cell phone for the *majority* of their online surfing. In other words, cell phones are replacing their Web surfing vehicle of choice.

2) See #1. To expand the point for clarity, not everyone who owns a cell phone uses it to surf the Web. Of those who do, however, the majority of them surf the Web most often using their cell phone, rather than their laptop, desktop, tablet, or any other device. In other words (once again), cell phones are replacing their Web surfing vehicle of choice.

I hope that clears up any confusion you may have had. Have a pleasant day.

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JDiaz replied on Wed, Jun 27 2012 3:21 PM

I'm doubtful of the accuracy of this study unless it can differentiate between phone browsing and tethering. A lot of times when I'm browsing on the go I actually just use the phone to tether if a WiFi isn't a option for example, and many tablets use mobile browsers as well.

While another factor is one of the reasons why phones are convenient for browsing is that they can be used on the go but that's more like additional browsing scenarios rather than replacing existing ones. Since most traditional computing isn't done while being mobile. So any valid study should also factor whether usage has increased instead of just what percentage of browsing any one device represents.

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