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How Americans are using our cell phones

A new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that 42% of Americans have used their cell phones to alleviate boredome and 13% have faked using their phone to avoid having to interact with the people around them.

The study, called Americans and their cell phones,  also found that 40% of cell phone users have had to use their phone in an emergency and that just over half of all adult cell phone users “had used their phone at least once to get information they needed right away.”

The study, which focused on adult cell phone users, also broke down the data by age and, as you might expect, young adults are more likely to use their phones for all sorts of information purposes than folks over 30.  For example, 95% of 18-29 year olds had sent or received a text, 91% used a phone to take a picture and 72% had sent a photo to someone else.

For more on the story, listen to my podcast interview with the study’s director, Aaron Smith.



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