US teens use mobile to access internet

2013-03-13 10:51
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Washington – Most American teenagers use their phones to access the internet, with one-fourth of them going online mostly on their mobile device, a survey showed on Wednesday.

Some 78% of US teens have a cellphone, and 47% of those own smartphones, according to the survey by the Pew Internet Project with Harvard's Berkman Centre for Internet & Society.

It found 74% of teens have mobile internet access and one in four are "cell-mostly" internet users, more than the 15% of the adult population in this category who go online without a desktop or laptop computer.

Fully 95% of teens are online, a percentage that has been consistent since 2006, the researchers found. But the patterns of internet use have changed as more users go mobile.

"In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population," the researchers wrote.

"Teens are just as likely to have a cellphone as they are to have a desktop or laptop computer. And increasingly these phones are affording teens always-on, mobile access to the internet – in some cases, serving as their primary point of access."

Tablets are also gaining ground, with 23% having access to one of these devices, the survey found.

The research, which interviewed some 800 parents and 800 youth from the ages of 12 to 17, found that teen girls are especially likely to be cell-mostly internet users: 34%, compared with 24% of boys ages 14 to 17.

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