Mobile Web Use Growing In U.S.

The number of Americans heading to the web on mobile phones or laptops is rising with African-Americans and Latinos ahead of whites in mobile Internet use.

Overall, nearly six in 10 U.S. adults access the Internet wirelessly from a phone or laptop, up from 51% in April 2009, the Pew Internet & American Life Project said in a study released Wednesday. Breaking the number down by device, 47% of adults go online with a laptop using Wi-Fi or a mobile broadband card, while 40% use the Internet, email, or instant messaging on a mobile phone.

African-Americans and English-speaking Latinos were the most active users of the mobile web. The minorities had a higher cell-phone ownership than whites, 87% versus 80%, and took advantage of a much greater range of their phones' features.

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