Teenagers as Early Adopters of Internet via Smartphone

Laptop tablet and smartphone
Laptop tablet and smartphone

Teenagers do not use personal computers to access the Internet as much as they once did. Since almost every American has a cellphone, and many of these are smartphones connected to 3G and 4G networks, the trend makes sense. Also, young people tend to be "early adopters" of new tech products, so teenage use of phones for Internet use should be ahead of other age groups.

According to the new Pew Internet & American Life Project study:

Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are "cell-mostly" internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.

These are among the new findings from a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Key findings include:

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