Half of U.S. Adults Own a Smartphone or Tablet, Pew Survey Says + Infographic
Half of U.S. adults now have a mobile connection to the Web through a smartphone or tablet, up sizably from a year ago, according to a survey released Monday by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
The survey of of 9,513 U.S. adults, conducted online from June to August 2012, said 22% of U.S. adults own a tablet, twice the number from a year earlier, while 44% of U.S. adults have smartphones, up from 35% in May 2011.
Over the past year, more people started using browsers, rather than apps, to receive news. In the latest survey, 60% of tablet users said they mainly use the browser to find news, while 23% get the news mostly through apps and 16% use both equally. In 2011, the comparable numbers were 40% through a browser, 21% through apps, while 31% used both.
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