- Smartphones have become an important way for Americans to communicate, go online, and access and share information.
Here are six key findings from the report:
- The share of Americans who own a smartphone has substantially increased since 2011, when Pew Research first began examining smartphone adoption.
- Some smartphone owners – particularly younger adults, minorities and lower-income Americans – depend on their smartphone for internet access.
- While texting, talking, emailing and going online dominate, a majority of Americans also use their smartphones for social networking, taking photos or videos, and catching up with the news.
- Smartphones serve as an access point for navigating a wide array of important life events, from health conditions to new jobs.
- Fully 46% of smartphone owners say their smartphone is something “they couldn’t live without.”
- Nearly one-quarter (23%) of smartphone owners have canceled or suspended their cell phone service because the cost was too expensive.
Via: Pew Research Center