Survey: 13% of Americans use cellphones to avoid interactions
In a report today from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 13 percent of Americans indicated that they use their cellphones to avoid real-life interactions with others.
The survey tosses out a number of statistics on the habits of American cell phone users.
* Half of all adult cell owners (51%) had used their phone at least once to get information they needed right away. One quarter (27%) said that they experienced a situation in the previous month in which they had trouble doing something because they did not have their phone at hand.
* Cell phones can help stave off boredom – 42% of cell owners used their phone for entertainment when they were bored.
* One third of Americans own smartphones. And it's in that demographic's usage patterns do you have a window into our mobile future: Fully nine in ten smartphone owners use text messaging or take pictures with their phones, while eight in ten use their phone to go online or send photos or videos to others. Many activities—such as downloading apps, watching videos, accessing social networking sites or posting multimedia content online—are almost entirely confined to the smartphone population.
[Thanks to @johnbhorrigan, who tweeted out the Pew report.]
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