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For those with low income internet is on the phone

Staff writer |
Of the 91 percent Americans who own a cell phone, 57 percent of adults are cell internet users, according to Pew internet & American Life Project.

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The company defines cell internet users as persons who make use of their mobile phone to access the internet or email; 21 percent of the mobile owners now go online using their cell phones, not computer.

Pew, which polled about 2,252 adults between April and May, said young adults, non-whites and those with relatively low income and education levels are particularly likely to be cell-mostly internet users.

Way back in 2009, when the research firm began tracking internet usage on cell phones, the percentage was just 31, and now it has almost doubled to 63 percent. And 34 percent of these cell internet users go online mostly using their mobile phones.

About 22 percent of people aged 65 and above use their phones to go online, while 51 percent in the age group of 50 to 64 go online with their mobile devices. People aged 18 to 29 topped the list with about 85 percent adults who use their phones to surf the web, with 73 percent of people aged 30 to 49 following suit.

Pew noted that the cell owners between the ages of 50 and 64 experienced a larger-than-average 15 percentage point increase from 36 percent in 2012 spring.


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