How do Americans use their smartphones?

Sep 27th, 2016 | By | Category: Services

The Pew Research Center released a comprehensive study on how we use our smartphones in 2015. They found that about 10 percent of Americans own a smartphone but do not have broadband at home, and 15 percent own a smartphone but say that they have a limited number of options for going online other than their cell phone. Those with relatively low income and educational attainment levels, younger adults, and non-whites are especially likely to be “smartphone-dependent.”

Certain groups of Americans rely on smartphones for online access at elevated levels, in particular:

  • Younger adults — 15 percent of Americans ages 18-29 are heavily dependent on a smartphone for online access.
  • Those with low household incomes and levels of educational attainment — Some 13 percent of Americans with an annual household income of less than $30,000 per year are smartphone-dependent. Just 1 percent of Americans from households earning more than $75,000 per year rely on their smartphones to a similar degree for online access.
  • Non-whites — 12 percent of African Americans and 13 percent of Latinos are smartphone-dependent, compared with 4 percent of whites.
  • 64 percent of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35 percent in the spring of 2011.
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