Cellphones becoming primary device for internet use, report shows

Jun 27, 2012 14:07:07Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Cellphones becoming primary device for internet use, report shows

A new survey issued by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows how dependent people are on their cellphones. In fact, many people are turning to these small devices more often than their PCs to surf the web.

Out of the 2,250 adults surveyed between March 15th and April 3rd, 88 percent reported owning a cellphone, which is up from 83 percent last year. Of these individuals, half responded that they use their mobile device to access the internet and just under a third said their phone was their primary way of surfing the web.

Out of the respondents, young adults and non-whites were the most likely to use their cellphones to access the internet. Specifically, 45 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 said they use their phones to do their internet browsing, while 51 percent of African-Americans and 42 percent of Latinos reported the same.

When asked why they prefer to use their cellphones for internet browsing, 64 percent reported it was because of convenience and 18 percent said it was simply due to habit, the report showed.

It's no surprise, when considering the dramatic increase in mobile phone use over the past few years, that the issue of cellphone security has entered the spotlight. Many cellphone owners fear losing their phone, especially if they use it to store a great deal of personal data. According to the Bangor Daily News, there are a few ways to ensure a person's data is protected. For instance, some smartphones allow users to remotely erase the data on the device if it were stolen or lost. Other phone users set up a virtual privacy network, which allows them to browse the web anonymously.