Half of surfers access the internet on their phones
By Max Clarke
Nearly half of internet users have accessed the web on their phones, the government’s Office for National Statistics has today revealed.
And for youths- aged 16-24- this number rockets to 71%, the highest of any age bracket. Unsurprisingly, the oldest age bracket were the least likely to use mobile devices to browse.
The ONS’s findings confirms those from a host of other researchers detailing the proliferation of web connected devices, including a study by Cisco which predicts online gadgets to outnumber the human population by a factor of 2 within 4 years.
Social networking, the ONS reveal, is becoming ever more popular: with 57% of adult internet users having used online social networks in 2011- up from 43% in 2010. Virtually all 16-24 year old internet users are members of a social networking site- estimated to by 91% of the total.
Among all households, 77 per cent now have access to the Internet, up from 73 per cent last year. 93 per cent of these access the Internet via an ADSL or cable broadband connection. However, it is notable that half of those without a household Internet connection said they didn’t have one because they ‘don’t need the Internet’.
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