Twitter use growing among online adults, smartphone owners

According to a recent report from Pew Research, Twitter use has increased among online adults since May 2011.

The 2012 Twitter report, issued by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Project for Excellence in Journalism, revealed that 15 percent of online adults in the United States said they use Twitter - up from 13 percent who reported doing so one year ago.

What's more, 8 percent of those polled said they check their Twitter feeds daily - up from 4 percent year-over-year.

Twitter users were also seen to be more prone to checking the platform on their mobile devices. Twenty percent of smartphone owners are Twitter users, and 13 percent log on during a typical day.

Given that mobile is still relatively new, it's no surprise that researchers found cellphone owners between ages 18 and 24 were more likely to use Twitter on their smartphones (22 percent) than those aged 30 to 49 (14 percent). That number gets exponentially lower as ages rise further.

Twitter's rise to mobile prominence can be seen in the United Kingdom as well. EConsultancy reports that the U.K. is Twitter's fourth-largest audience, and about 80 percent of British  people who have used the platform did so on a mobile device.