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Nearly two thirds of adult Americans (63 per cent) use their mobile phones to access the internet, which is up from 31 per cent in 2009, according to the latest survey conducted for the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

The percentage of people who use their mobile device to surf the Web has doubled since the institution began monitoring phone and internet usage in 2009, said the Pew Research Center.

“Because 91 per cent of all Americans now own a cell phone, this means that 57 per cent of all American adults are cell phone internet users.” In particular, around 34 per cent of the respondents mainly use their mobile phones to go online.

This group is called “cell-mostly internet users”, and they comprise 21 per cent of all the mobile phone owners in the United States. Typically, this group consists of non-whites and young adults, as well as individuals with low education and income.

When it comes to age groups, approximately 85 per cent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 access the internet through their mobile phones. This makes them the group with the highest percentage of usage.

Comparatively, 73 per cent of those in their 30s and 40s surf the Web via their smartphones, while 22 per cent of Americans aged 65 and above are engaged in this behaviour.

Notably, cell phone owners between the ages of 50 and 64 witnessed a 15 per cent jump from just 36 per cent in 2012, added the study, which questioned 2,252 adults from April to May 2013.


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