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Web-connected devices outnumber people in U.S.

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In the U.S., there are now more gadgets capable of connecting to the Internet than there are people, a survey finds.

According to data from research firm NPD Group, 425 million Internet-connected devices reside in U.S. homes. By comparison, the Census Bureau lists the U.S. population at more than 315 million.

Desktop and laptop computers continue to dominate the space, although mobile devices are slowly catching up. The survey finds 183 million of those Net-connected gadgets are computers, followed by 133 million smartphones. Video game consoles are a distant third with 39 million and tablets reaching just over 31 million.

NPD predicts consumers will see more screen sharing between devices by the end of this year. "Mobile is adding another dimension powered by screen sharing technologies that allows users to project their tablet or smartphone onto their TV," said John Buffone, director of NPD's Connected Intelligence group, in a statement.

The findings were based on surveys conducted in the fourth quarter of last year interviewing 4,000 consumers in the U.S.

The rise of mobile devices should come as little surprise. Research firm Forrester says tablet ownership in the U.S. more than doubled in the past year, while half of online adults own a smartphone. By 2016, more than 205 million Americans will own a smartphone and 113 million will have a tablet.

Brett Molina, USA TODAY

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