A few things to explore ahead of today’s Apple announcements:

As of January 2014:

  •     90% of American adults have a cell phone
  •     58% of American adults have a smartphone
  •     32% of American adults own an e-reader
  •     42% of American adults own a tablet computer
2 of every 5 U.S. households have only wireless phones, but the growth rate of wireless-only households slowed last year.

2 of every 5 U.S. households have only wireless phones, but the growth rate of wireless-only households slowed last year.

In light of the SCOTUS cellphone privacy ruling today, here’s a helpful guide through some of our numbers on cellphones, smartphones, and all things mobile tech.

People aren’t walling themselves off behind their cellphone or computer screen in an effort to avoid face-to-face interaction.

But is that always the case?

According to our 2012 survey, 67% of cellphone owners found themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts or calls — even when they didn’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating; and 29% of cell owners described their phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.”

Tags: mobile

Amazon has released its very first smartphone, the Fire Phone. Here’s a look at their target demographics for the release.
More mobile tech facts

Amazon has released its very first smartphone, the Fire Phone. Here’s a look at their target demographics for the release.

More mobile tech facts

thelearningbrain:

This is super clever. And super simple. Elegance always wins. 

58% of American adults own a smartphone (http://pewrsr.ch/1m8siWD). Will be interesting to see how this catches on … 

Three Technology Revolutions: Broadband, mobile, and social

Three major technology revolutions have occurred during the period the Pew Research Center has been studying digital technology – and yet more are on the horizon.

One of our favorite parts of our new website is our key indicators section, where we provide you with frequently updated, fast stats on our top hit internet/tech topics. Snack away: http://pewrsr.ch/1m8eStP

UPDATED: Device ownership over time, among adults.

UPDATED: Device ownership over time, among adults.

Tags: mobile stats tech

Mashable published this very retro photo of “Lisa,” Apple’s first model, debuted in 1983. Today, Mac turns 30.
Fun fact: iPhone owners now represent 25% of the cell owner population (up from 10% in May 2011). http://pewrsr.ch/181Mgv3

Mashable published this very retro photo of “Lisa,” Apple’s first model, debuted in 1983. Today, Mac turns 30.

Fun fact: iPhone owners now represent 25% of the cell owner population (up from 10% in May 2011). http://pewrsr.ch/181Mgv3

Who in America is reading—and how. 
76% of U.S. adults ages 18+ said  they read at least 1 book in the past year. The typical American read 5 books in the past year.
More from our brand new report on electronic and print reading: http://pewrsr.ch/L9ZvQG

Who in America is reading—and how. 

76% of U.S. adults ages 18+ said  they read at least 1 book in the past year. The typical American read 5 books in the past year.

More from our brand new report on electronic and print reading: http://pewrsr.ch/L9ZvQG

The share of Americans who have a basic cellular phone that is not a smartphone has dropped 33 percentage points since 2005. Sign off if you still have one …

The share of Americans who have a basic cellular phone that is not a smartphone has dropped 33 percentage points since 2005. Sign off if you still have one …

We’ve got a brand new report out today that highlights tech use among African Americans, complete with detailed demographic breakdowns. Some key notes:

  • Twitter is hugely popular with younger African Americans. Some 40% of black internet users between the ages of 18 and 29 say that they now use Twitter. 
  • Smartphone ownership rates are identical between blacks and whites, and smartphones are helping to narrow (but do not completely erase) differences in access to high speed internet service.
  • African Americans trail whites by seven percentage points when it comes to overall internet use (87% of whites and 80% of blacks are internet users). At the same time, blacks and whites are on more equal footing when it comes to other types of access, especially on mobile platforms.

The complete portrait: http://pewrsr.ch/Ktfdpx

If you know folks whose New Year resolution is to be less addicted to their phones, this might be why.
53% adult cellphone owners have been on the giving or receiving end of a distracted walking encounter. 23% have physically bumped into another person or object because they were distracted by using their phone.
http://pewrsr.ch/1bBVkCI

If you know folks whose New Year resolution is to be less addicted to their phones, this might be why.

53% adult cellphone owners have been on the giving or receiving end of a distracted walking encounter. 23% have physically bumped into another person or object because they were distracted by using their phone.

http://pewrsr.ch/1bBVkCI

Podcasting still has a significant place in online life. What was your favorite podcast of 2013?