Wednesday, July 22, 2009

More Americans Use Wireless Internet Than Ever

One day, a majority of the people will access the Internet with their phones.

That seems like a very broad but safe prediction. A couple of years ago, that might seem like a "future" that is years if not at least a generation away. Well, that day is here.

According to the Pew Research Center, 56% of Americans have accessed the Internet wirelessly. When I started this blog, the "mobile warriors" I referred to were an exclusive club of folks who was always ready adopt the latest in technology. I continue to believe that to be the case but there are a heck of a lot more of us these days.

And that's a great thing.

Though it took a whole research outfit to find out, they realized it had to do with devices like the Blackberries and iPhones.

There are a lot of interesting facts in the report such as 69% of Americans are using their cell phones for texting, e-mailing, directions, and sending pictures. It's very typical use. But more Americans in 2009 than 2007 when Pew last looked at wireless Internet use for true wireless Internet.

What's important to note is these behavioral changes in society. Perhaps, more people will look to their mobile devices as their gateway to the Internet rather than the PC, maybe even the laptop.

It's time we start looking at mobile computing and wireless Internet in a different light. Rather than something to be viewed as exclusive to a few who can afford it, it ought to be made more readily accessible to more people.

I'm not suggesting government involvement or price control. But as a society, we do have to make accessibility and affordability a priority.

It is an issue that impacts education, the economy, and national security. It's one big basket of issues. And wireless is a very powerful weapon at the end of the day.

Source: MSNBC

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