In Japan, the number of 20-year-olds accessing the Internet with a personal computer has been in constant decline for several years. Last year, only 11.9% of Japanese 20-year-olds used a PC to go online. According to this article from The Age, one of Australia’s most reputable newspapers, “For Australian mobile phone users, who use technology evolved from – but inferior to – that in Japan, this is a glimpse into the near future. … Accessing the internet has become so fast and easy with Japan’smobile phones that many young people have forsaken computers.“
Will ubiquitous handheld computing will be the dominant information systems paradigm of the next 20 years, just as the Personal Computer has been for the last 20; and room-sized supercomputers and mainframes, were for the 20 before that?