Americans and Their Cell Phones

Did you know “83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone—and these devices have an impact on many aspects of their owners’ daily lives”?

Check out the latest information found by a nationally representative telephone survey by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project:

* One third of American adults (35%) own a smartphone of some kind, and these users take advantage of a wide range of their phones’ capabilities.

* Cell phones are useful for quick information retrieval (so much so that their absence can cause problems) – Half of all adult cell owners (51%) had used their phone at least once to get information they needed right away. One quarter (27%) said that they experienced a situation in the previous month in which they had trouble doing something because they did not have their phone at hand.

* Cell phones are an important tool in emergency situations – 40% of cell owners said they found themselves in an emergency situation in which having their phone with them helped.

* Text messaging and picture taking continue to top the list of ways that Americans use their mobile phones—three quarters of all cell owners (73%) use their phones for each of these purposes.