New research shows a lot of people have smartphones, it’s not just geeks anymore


If you’ve ever read any of my posts here at doTech, then you’ll notice I always refer to how much we rely on technology in modern society. I don’t usually throw in facts to support that point, because I assume it’s common knowledge. Thanks to a recent study, however I now have most of the proof I need, at least when it comes to smartphones anyway.

Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project has found that a large majority of adults now own and use smartphones. More specifically, about 56% of adults own a smartphone, while 35% own standard mobile phones and 9% own no phone at all. Those are some pretty impressive numbers. I know it’s just a study, but it’s still enlightening.

Research also suggests that wealthier individuals are more likely to own a feature phone, but that’s to be expected really. Interestingly enough, the research also shows that “younger adults—regardless of income level—are very likely to be smartphone owners.” Taking both of those findings into account, it’s not difficult to see that means pretty much everyone owns a smartphone. If adults and younger generations alike own a smartphone in larger percentages, it’s a no-brainer conclusion to make really.

Even more interesting is the fact that the research shows individuals with a higher income are more likely to own an iPhone. As a tech-geek in-the-know I find those results quite silly, especially since Android handsets are just as expensive these days.

“Indeed, fully half—49 percent—of cell owners with a household income of $150,000 or more say their phone is an iPhone, and African-American cell owners are more likely than whites or Latinos to say that their phone is an Android device as opposed to an iPhone.”

Well then, that statement is… okay. Moving on.

Apparently the study was conducted through telephone interviews which surveyed more than 2,200 adults. The survey was distributed over cell and landline calls evenly. The surveyed adults spoke either English or Spanish, apparently.

What do you think of the findings? Do you believe they are accurate? I’d love to hear any thoughts you have on the matter, fellow dotTechies!

[via Ars Technica, Pew Research Center]

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