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article imageAdult cellphone users treat their gadget as a body appendage

By Lesley Lanir     Nov 26, 2012 in Technology
The 85 percent of American adults who own cellphones are using them for much more than just calling people. Phones are turning out to be the device needed for a rising number of activities and the volume of use of each of these activities is growing.
A new report by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project based on studies during the spring and summer of the activities of over 5000 adults, shows some of the most popular activities that adults choose to make on their phones. The research shows that adults are using their phones to deal with a growing number of daily activities and the number of adults choosing to use their phones for these activities is increasing too, young adults being the main users.
Main findings:
· The number of cell owners who have used their phones to take a picture has grown from 76% in 2010 to 82% now
· The number of cell owners who have used their phones for texting has grown from 58% in 2007 to 80% now.
· The number of cell owners who have used their phones to access the internet has grown from 25% in 2008 to 56% now.
· The number of cell owners who have used their phones for email has grown from 19% in 2007 to 50% now.
· The number of cell owners who have used their phones to record video has grown from 18% in 2007 to 44% now.
· The number of cell owners who have used their phones to download apps has grown from 22% in 2009 to 43% now.
· The number of cell owners who have used their phones to get health information has grown from 17% in 2010 to 31% now.
· The number of cell owners who have used their phones to check their bank accounts has grown from 18% last year to 29% now.
Lee Rainie  Director  Pew Internet Project
Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet Project
Lee Rainie, Pew Research
Lee Rainie who headed the study says:
“Cell users now treat their gadget as a body appendage. There is striking growth in the number of people who are taking advantage of the growing number of functions that these phones can perform and there isn’t much evidence yet that the pace of change is slowing down.”
Read the main report.
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