Frustration, Pretending Highlight 'Americans and Their Cell Phones' Survey

 
on August 17 2011 8:23 AM

A new report by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project provides some insight about "Americans and Their Cell Phones".

Conducted between April and May of this year, the survey interviewed over 2,200 adults in the United States about their cell phone usage. The overall statistic -- that 83 percent own one -- is itself mostly unchanged from the past few years, which may indicate that the market has come close to a saturation point.

However, the way we use our devices is more significant. 40 percent of those interviewed found their cell phones useful to get help in emergency situations. Slightly over half of the respondents indicate that they've used their cell phones to get immediate answers to questions -- or, as the survey put it, "to get information they needed right away." And for older teens and young adults (the 18-29 demographic), this percentage rose by 13 percent (from 51 to 64 percent).

Cell phones were also seen to stave off the perhaps enviable feeling of boredom for 42 percent of adults, but this rose to a full 70 percent among the younger set. On the other hand, 13 percent of adults and 30 percent of young adults have actually used their cell phones to discourage "unwanted personal interactions" -- not by actually making a call or utilizing any of the other high-tech features, but simply by pretending to be doing so.

Speaking of high-tech features, there was a significant (and understandable) difference between smartphones and feature phones (which the survey simply called "other"). One might be unsurprised to discover that smartphone owners had more luck with Twitter or accessing the Internet in general, but the distinction was still quite large concerning features that can be found on many (if not most) 'dumb phones' -- simply "taking a picture" increased by 33 percent among smartphone owners, for example.

The survey did not exclude the frustrations of cell phone ownership, however. 20 percent of adults grew impatient at slow downloads, 16 percent found the displays too small to read, and 10 percent had trouble punching in text (and that's simply "adults", not "seniors", mind you!).

And nearly 30 percent simply turned their phones off once in a while to get a break from all of this.

James Lee Phillips is a Senior Writer & Research Analyst for IBG.com. With offices in Dallas, Las Vegas, and New York, & London, IBG is quickly becoming the leading expert in Internet Marketing, Local Search, SEO, Website Development and Reputation Management. More information can be found at www.ibg.com. Omni Financial can have garnishments and or levies released in as little as 3 - 5 days and resolve tax matters in as little as 30 days. Now that's tax help in action.

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