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Survey: Americans find cellphones hardest to give up

Posted: 11 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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If you've had a creeping sense that wireless has become more integral to your working and personal lives, then the survey done in the United States by the Pew Internet Project will confirm it with hard numbers.

Some 51 percent of those surveyed said their cellphones would be the hardest to give up, followed by the Internet (45 percent), TV (43 percent) and landline phones (40 percent). The breakdown is a striking contrast to a similar survey done two years ago when respondents said their landlines would be hardest to relinquish, followed by the TV, cellphones and the Internet.

Another major finding is that 62 percent of Americans have either used a mobile handset for a "non-voice data application" (text, e-mail, picture taking, maps and directions, or recording video, for example) or accessed the Internet wirelessly.

Pew surveyed 2,054 users, including 500 cellphone subscribers in December; the margin of error is plus or minus 3 points.

Here's how surveyed users ranked the non-voice data apps they use on their cellphones or PDAs in a typical day: send/receive text messages (31 percent); picture taking (15 percent); play games (8 percent); access news, weather or sports info (7 percent); play music (7 percent); instant messaging (6 percent); record a video (3 percent); get map or directions (3 percent); and watch video (3 percent).

- Terry Sweeney
InformationWeek




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