July 12, 2011
For a growing number of Americans, computers now rank behind smartphones when it comes to accessing the Internet. According to a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 25 percent of smartphone owners go online with their phones more than they do with a computer.
The research showed that, while many of the individuals who prefer smartphones have other sources of online access at home, roughly one third of them lack a high-speed home broadband connection.
“For businesses, government agencies and nonprofits who want to engage with certain communities, they will find them in front of a four-inch screen, not in front of a big computer in their den,” Pew researcher and report author Aaron Smith said in a Washington Post article.
The study found that one third of all cellphone-owning adults have smartphones. The groups with the highest levels of smartphone adoption include Blacks and Hispanics, the financially well-off and well-educated and those under the age of 45. Urban and suburban residents are roughly twice as likely to own a smartphone as those living in rural areas, and employment status is also strongly correlated with smartphone ownership. — Jason Woodward