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37% of US adults now mainly use smartphones to go online


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The Pew Research Center has put out some new stats on Americans’ internet use: and specifically on their mobile internet use.

“Today, 37% of U.S. adults say they mostly use a smartphone when accessing the internet. This share has nearly doubled since 2013,” it explained. “At that point, 19% of Americans named their smartphone as their primary device for going online… Younger adults are especially likely to reach for their phones when going online. Fully 58% of 18-to 29-year-olds say they mostly go online through a smartphone, up from 41% in 2013.”

Pew says that these findings are part of a bigger shift towards mobile technology, while also noting that a growing number of Americans are mobile-ONLY internet users, at home at least.

“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,” it reported. “Among non-broadband users, 45% say they do not have broadband at home because their smartphone lets them do everything they need to do online, up from 27% in 2015.”

Stuart Dredge

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