As smartphones and tablet computers become more popular and readily available, figures show one-quarter of all people now go online while they are out and about, up from 14% last year.
The increasing popularity of mobile internet use has been revealed in the Scottish Household Survey, which provides a snapshot of the changing lives of people and indicates key trends within the population.
It backs up an Ipsos Mori poll from recent months that found 31% of people in Scotland now do more online shopping than they did a year ago, and use their mobile devices to access social networking, online banking and searching for information.
The latest survey found almost three-quarters of Scottish households have home internet, a figure that rises to 98% in families with a combined income greater than £40,000.
Less than one-quarter of people do not use the internet at all, a figure that has fallen since 2011, with the chief reason being they did not like using computers or they did not need to. One-quarter said they did not how to use the internet.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: "The number of people in Scotland with access to the internet is continuing to rise. This is important because of the benefits the internet can bring - on average, people can save £560 a year by buying goods and services on the internet and businesses that use the internet grow faster and most jobs are now published on websites.
"Recent Ofcom figures also show an increase in broadband take-up in Scotland to 70%."
The survey also shows a growing number of Scots are feeling positive about their household finances, as the country eases out of the effects of the economic downturn.
By the end of last year, 47% of people said they felt better about the amount of money they had, up from 44% at the end of 2011 but still well below the peak of 55% that was reached in 2007.
However, the number of Scots who described themselves as being in deep financial trouble doubled during last year, rising from 1% to 2% between January and June.
Almost half of households described themselves as managing well financially in 2012, with 40% saying they were getting by.
However, 31% of single parents said they were not managing well financially, with one-quarter of all single adults also in this situation.
Just over one-quarter - 26% of those surveyed - did not have any savings or investment in 2012, with a further 15% having less than £1000 put away.
The research found that "throughout 2012, the percentage of people who feel positively about their household finances has remained fairly stable at about 47%, following a dip to 44% at the end of 2011".
About 11,000 people were questioned on a range of issues for the annual study, which found that last year 48% of adults were married, with less than 1% in a same-sex civil partnership, while 35% have never been married or in a civil partnership. Another 7% were divorced, 7% widowed and 2% separated but still married.
Just over one-third of all households - 34% - contain just one person, with 15% of all households comprising elderly people who live alone. Small families without children make up a third of all households.
The Scottish Government spokesman added: "This Government is doing all it can, with the powers it has, to address the social inequalities in our society. We are committed to tackling the long term drivers of poverty through early intervention and prevention by focussing on maximising household resources and improving young people's life chances.
"In an independent Scotland, we could also take welfare decisions that would ensure fair and decent support for people. Over time we could create a system that would encourage those who can into work, but also support people who are unable to work, allowing them to play a full and active part in society, and help to tackle poverty where it exists."