Who’s Going Mobile (on the Internet)?

by on December 1, 2009 · 12 comments

We all know those “hyper-users” that are constantly connected with their cell phones, smartphones, or other mobile device. Often, they’re the person next to you on the metro or standing in line. Often, they’re young. And according to a new Pew report, most of these young hyper-users are young Latinos and blacks.

NPR had a great segment this morning about the Pew Hispanic Center study. It discussed the “digital divide” and the lack of computers in homes of minority populations. In an interesting twist, the Pew study says that many minorities are just skipping the home computer and upgrading their cell phone plans for data use.

Mobile devices are a great example of leapfrog technology. Who needs a desktop or a laptop when your phone is almost as powerful (and arguably even more useful)?

  • dmarti

    But does anyone actually _earn money_ on the Internet with a phone? Your development tools, spreadsheet, and text, audio and video editors are all on a “real computer.”

  • ms

    is the pew report publicly available? if so, do you have a link?

  • bradencox

    I haven't seen the study posted yet online, but I'll add a link once I see it.

  • bradencox

    Good question. If you're on-the-job an employer will have a computer for you to use, but if you're an entrepreneur then you'll need your own and I don't think a cell phone would suffice. But I think the study was more focused on residential consumer use, not on home businesses.

  • dmarti

    But does anyone actually _earn money_ on the Internet with a phone? Your development tools, spreadsheet, and text, audio and video editors are all on a “real computer.”

  • ms

    is the pew report publicly available? if so, do you have a link?

  • bradencox

    I haven't seen the study posted yet online, but I'll add a link once I see it.

  • bradencox

    Good question. If you're on-the-job an employer will have a computer for you to use, but if you're an entrepreneur then you'll need your own and I don't think a cell phone would suffice. But I think the study was more focused on residential consumer use, not on home businesses.

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