20 Aug 2011

The Mobile Phone Has Become A Necessity

If you forget your wallet at home you don't go back for it; but you go back for your mobile/cell phone. The mobile/cell phone has become a necessity. A study made by Pew Internet shows that 83 per cent of Americans own a mobile phone. And they use it. Quite often.

Problems in Paradise
It is great that Americans use their mobile/cell phones this much. But not all is well in the Garden of Eden.16 per cent have difficulties reading on their phone because the screen is too small, and one in ten has difficulties entering a lot of text on their phone.

Texting is popular
Text messaging (sms) and taking pictures are the two most popular thing to do with your phone. Three in four mobile owners (73%) use their phones for both texting and picture taking. Other frequent activities are sending photos or videos, half  (54%) of mobile phone owners do this and surfing on the Internet via the mobile phone is done by 44 per cent.

Smartphones
One third of American adults (35%) own a smartphone. And smartphone users use their phone more than ordinary mobile/cell phone users. Nine in ten smartphone owners are texting or taking pictures with their phones, while eight in ten use their phone to surf on the Internet or to send photos or videos.

Percentage of adult cell phone owners within each group who use their phones to do the following:
Activity Mobile/cell phone owners         Smartphone owners
Texting              92%                  59%
Take picture              92%                  59%
Access the Internet              84%                  15%
Send phone or video              80%                  36%
E-mails              76%                  10%
Download apps              69%                    4%
Play a game              64%                  14%
Play music              64%                  12%
Record a video              59%                  15%
Go to social network sites              59%                    8%
Watch a video              54%                    5%
Post a photo or video online              45%                    5%
Do online banking              37%                    5%
Participate in a video chat or call              13%                    1%
Source: Pew Internet (August 2011)

Half the mobile/cell phone owners (51%) has used their mobile/cell phone at least once to get information they needed right here and now. One in four (27%) has experienced a situation in the previous month in which they had problems doing something because they didn't have their mobile/cell phone with them. This shows that we are becoming dependent on having our mobile/cell phone with us at all times, that's why we go back for it if we forget at home.


See Americans and their cell phones from Pew Internet.

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