What are all of those people doing on their smartphones? According to a new study by Pew Research Center, they are probably accessing social networks.
Pew Research Center teamed up with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on the study, obtaining data from telephone surveys conducted over two four-day periods last December, as well as the American Trends Panel “experience sampling” survey last November, and it found that:
- 64 percent of U.S. adults own smartphones, up from 35 percent in 2011.
- 91 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 used social networks via their smartphones at least once over the course of the study period, compared with 55 percent of respondents 50 and older.
- 75 percent of respondents indicated using social networking on their phones in the previous hour at least once during the study period.