Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Teens Close Digital Divide with Mobile Web

Teens love their mobiles phones and rely on them to keep in constant contact with friends and family. While teens are notorious addicts to text messaging, the mobile Web has made only lesser inroads among mobile users ages 12 to 17. But some groups may be turning to the mobile Web in place of more traditional access methods.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s “Teens and Mobile Phones” report indicated that black teens were more than twice as likely as whites to go online on their mobile phones, at 44% versus 21%. Hispanic teens were also relatively active on the mobile Web.

In addition, teens living in households with annual income under $30,000 used the mobile Internet at almost twice the rate of more affluent groups. They were notably less likely to have access through a home computer. Pew reported that, overall, 21% of teens who had no traditional PC access to the Internet went online via mobile phones.

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