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Will the cellphone kill the PC?

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Number-crunchers at Pew Research Center find that more than half of us use our cellphones to surf the Internet, sometimes leaving our computers to gather dust.

A whopping 88 percent of U.S. adults now own a cellphone of some sort, as of April 2012, Pew reports in its latest survey. Out of those, 55 percent sometimes use their cell to get online.

It’s not for everybody, all the time, though.

The researchers find that 60 percent of us, overall, use our cells, but mostly prefer the bigger screen of our PCs or other devices to access the Internet.

Pew also notes that young adults and non-whites “are especially likely to use their cell phones for the majority of their online activity.”

The numbers break down to 45 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds browse mostly with phones, as do 51 percent of blacks and 42 percent of Latinos. Only 24 percent of white Anglos fall into the “cell-mostly” category.

Pew conducted a national telephone survey March 15-April 3 among 2,254 adults age 18 and over. (That included 903 interviews on the respondent’s cell phone.) The margin of error for all cellphone users is is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, and 3.7 percentage points for those who use their phones to get online.

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