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Pew Internet & American Life Project: 56 percent of Americans have accessed the internet wirelessly

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is a project of the Pew Research Center and reports on the impact of the internet on education, families or daily life. An April survey interviewed 2.253 Americans on the topic "Wireless Internet use": 56 percent of all Americans have accessed the internet wirelessly. 39 percent have used a laptop computer and 32 percent of all Americans have used a cell phone or other handheld device to go online wirelessly.

Concerning to the laptop owners the survey showed that most of them use their device at home and 64 percent said they have gone online wirelessly once a day and also 48 percent said they have accessed the internet via a wireless network several times a day. Further 13 percent said they have accessed the internet via a wireless network at work and somewhere else and 11 percent reported that they mostly have gone online wirelessly from a place other than work or home and only seven percent said they have logged on wirelessly often with a laptop at work.

Furthermore 56 percent of Americans said they have accessed the internet wirelessly at least with one of the access devices to go online wirelessly and 24 percent of Americans said they are Internet users but they have never accessed the internet wirelessly. The respondents stated different reasons for the use of wireless-enabled devices: 50 percent said they were able to stay in touch with other persons, 46 percent said they have easy access to online information and 17 percent said they were able to share or post online content while away from home or work.

The survey showed that online use is less common for access devices like iPods, game consoles or e-books because 45 percent of adults have iPods or MP3 players but only five percent of adults have accessed the Internet via iPods or MP3 players. Beside this 41 percent of adults have game consoles but only nine percent of adults have used such a device to access the internet. Also two percent of adults said they have an e-book reader and only one percent of all adults have used it to go online wirelessly.

Altogether the use of the internet on mobile devices has grown in the last two years because in December 2007 24 percent of all American said that they had at some point used mobile devices to access the internet while in April 2009 32 percent of Americans agreed with this statement. Also 32 percent of all adult Americans said in 2007 they had done a non-voice data activity like checking email, recording video or taking a picture on a typical day on their cell phones at least once. In 2009 44 percent of all adult Americans said they have checked emails, played music or played a game on their cell phones.


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