Those young people go mobile mad

Browser maker Opera says that this generation of young people are more likely to use mobiles than any generation before. No kidding.

In its latest State of the Mobile Web report, Opera sings that more than half of Opera Mini users in the United States access the Web using a phone rather than a traditional desktop or notebook PC. Its theory is that mobile gear is part of everyday lives. No kidding.

It also turns out that young mobile users in the United States are behind the curve for eschewing PC-based Web browsing for mobile browsing. In many other countries, particularly developing economies, the percentages are much higher. No kidding.

Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner said that his outfit has often said that the next generation will grow up knowing the Web mostly through their mobile phones. Surely not.

“We see this trend already emerging in different regions around the world. The mobile Web will bring a profound change in how we connect with one another.”

Opera found that countries with the highest rates of young Internet users surfing the Web mailing from PCs were also the nations were smartphones are among the top handsets browsing the Web: the United Sates, Germany, Poland, and Brazil, for instance. However, in countries like South Africa, Nigeria, and Indonesia, as many as nine out of 10 young Internet users tap into the Web from phones rather than PCs, but those same markets show fewer smartphones in use.

In other words the development of the smartphone has nothing to with mobile Web access.

Outfits like Nokia still command major market share despite the fact that they have not managed to break into the mobile market yet.

More than three quarters of US mobile users from ages 18 to 27 browse the Web while on public transit, 90 percent have shared photos using their phone, 70 percent have online friends they’ve never met in real live, some 44 percent have asked someone on a date via text messaging, but only about 30 percent have tried mobile blogging.

The data is collected from Opera Mini servers, which act as proxies compressing and paring down information sent to Opera Mini mobile browsers. Demographic data was collected using voluntary user surveys sent to mobile user’s handsets.  No kidding.