Fast Facts: Cell Phones
Mobile phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information seeking and communicating—83% of American adults have a cell phone of some kind. Though roughly nine in ten (92%) adults ages 18-49 own a cell phone, ownership starts to drop off after age 50, with 82% of adults ages 50-64 and 55% of those 65 and older owning a mobile phone.
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. Other relatively common activities include sending photos or videos to others (54% of cell owners do this) as well as accessing the internet (44%).
Among cell phone owners, 42% own a smartphone. That translates into 35% of all adults. Several demographic groups have high levels of smartphone adoption, including the financially well-off and well-educated, non-whites, and those under the age of 45.
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