It's a Cellphone World

April 16, 2006

Cellphones are evolving from simple communications devices to communications Swiss Army knives that a relatively small number of sophisticated users take advantage of. But even unsophisticated users are finding the cellphones a useful, if somewhat annoying feature of everyday life.

Here are some highlights from a recent survey assessing the role of the cell phone in modern life:

Cellphone features Americans use and want

% who use % who want

Text massaging 35 13

Take still pictures 28 19

Play games 22 12

Access Internet 14 16

Send/receive email 8 24

Trade instant messages 7 11

Play music 6 19

Get mobil maps 4 47

Watch TV 2 14

Public Nuisance

86% Cell users report being irritated by loud and annoying cell users who conduct their calls in public places

22% Users who believe that"too many " people try to get in touch with them because others know they have a cell phone

Its about age, of course

Two thirds of the youngest cell phone users say they couldn't live without their cell, compared with 18 percent of cell owners ages 30 and older.

Sources: These finding came from a national survey of cell phone owners by the Pew Research Center's Pew Internet & American Life Project, the Associated Press and AOL. In all, 1,503 people were surveyed between March 8 and March 28, 2006 - half on their landline phones and half on their cell phones. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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