US Trails China In Almost Every Mobile Usage Trend

ReadWriteWeb reports new research from Forrester which finds China leading the way by most measures of mobile technology adoption. The study found that users in Chinese (and Indian) cities were far more likely than Westerners to use mobile phones for work or entertainment, and much less likely to use them mainly for communication (see chart).

Research firm Forrester released a study last week showing global mobile usage trends. In almost every mobile usage aspect, metropolitan China and other Pacific Rim countries lead the way. That includes mobile social usage, work usage and multiple device ownership. Mobile is near an inflection point, changing the way people interact with information around the globe.

Forrester’s research shows that the mobile Internet is starting to become the prime point of entry to the Internet for many people around the world. This is perhaps what a “post-PC” world looks like ….

In metropolitan China, 46% of people access the mobile Internet, 57% listen to music, 36% play games on their mobile devices and about 33% access social networks. In contrast, near 25% of U.S. mobile consumers use their devices for social networking. Only 11% of European users have accessed social networks through their devices.


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