Believe Smartphone Stats or Do Pew Numbers Smell P-U?

All over the web today are stories about the Pew Internet Project’s new research on smartphone usage in the United States.

Among the headlines?

Some 87% of smartphone owners access the internet or email on their handheld, including two-thirds (68%) who do so on a typical day.

Several demographic groups have high levels of smartphone adoption, including the financially well-off and well-educated, non-whites, and those under the age of 45.

When asked what device they normally use to access the internet, 25% of smartphone owners say that they mostly go online using their phone, rather than with a computer.

The last fact had me wondering whether the 25% have access elsewhere.

According to Pew, while many of these individuals have other sources of online access at home, roughly one third of these “cell mostly” internet users lack a high-speed home broadband connection.

Do I believe the findings? Pew has long been among the most trusted when it comes to Internet use and connectivity. So I would say yes.

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