A new survey by browser maker Opera states that Generation Y is more likely to browse the Web on a mobile phone than a desktop or laptop computer.
Information Week said 51 percent of respondents between 18-27 years old in the United States use Opera Mini more than a computer. That is low compared to most other countries.
“We have often said that the next generation will grow up knowing the Web mostly through their mobile phones,” said Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner. He said the mobile Web “will bring about a profound change in how we connect with one another.”
The survey showed these users are also often using the Web on the go. TechEYE.net said more than three-quarters of Gen Y users browse the Web while riding mass transit.
Among other facts:
The survey had some bad news for newspaper publishers. Information Week said only 15 percent have read an online newspaper “frequently” on their phone, and 15 percent never have.
ZDNet.com, though, said many users in economically developed countries still enjoy reading books.
As far as general Web usage, social media beat out other sites in the most widely used. Information Week said the top three visited mobile sites in the United States in October were Google, Facebook and YouTube.
That was followed by Wikipedia, Yahoo, My Opera, Accuweather, ESPN, NYTimes and MySpace.
TechEYE said the survey was delivered to Opera Mini users' mobile browser handsets.
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