37% of Americans now go online mostly using a smartphone

Pew Research reports…

Today, 37% of U.S. adults say they mostly use a smartphone when accessing the internet. This share has nearly doubled since 2013, when the Center last asked this question. At that point, 19% of Americans named their smartphone as their primary device for going online.

Indeed, mobile devices are not simply being used more often to go online – some Americans are forgoing traditional broadband at home altogether in favor of their smartphone. A majority of adults say they subscribe to home broadband, but about one-in-four (27%) do not. And growing shares of these non-adopters cite their mobile phone as a reason for not subscribing to these services.

I could see people do more individual tasks online but (aside from watching videos or listening to audio) I can’t see people choose a smartphone for tasks that take longer – like research or writing. That being said, few people probably spend as much time writing or doing research as I do. I wasn’t surprised to see that people with higher education and salaries seem to choose smartphones and home broadband at about the same rate. So people who can choose, choose both. (Or maybe having home access helps them make more money.)

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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