One-fifth of Americans accessing mobile web each day

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Nineteen percent of Americans now access the mobile web on a typical day according to a new study published by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, representing 73 percent growth over from the 11 percent level recorded in December 2007. In addition, the Pew study reports that 32 percent of Americans have now used a mobile device to access the Internet for email, IM or information seeking, up from 24 percent in late 2007. In all, 56 percent of Americans have now accessed the web via wireless means, whether laptop, mobile device, game console or MP3 player--laptops are the most prevalent alternative, accounting for 39 percent of wireless Internet access.

The Pew survey notes that African Americans are the most active and fastest-growing segment of mobile web users: 48 percent of Africans Americans have at one time accessed the Internet via mobile device, and 29 percent use the mobile web on an average day. Pew contends these high levels of activity means the digital divide between African Americans and white Americans diminishes when mobile use is taken into account, offsetting limited access to computers, laptops, and home broadband connections.

For more on the Pew Research Center report:
- read this release

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