Vast majority of stateside cell phone users love to text

Vast majority of stateside cell phone users love to text
Text messaging remains the top activity done by U.S. cell phone owners, according to a study conducted by Pew Internet. 91% of Americans own a cell phone, which is quite an incredible statistic. And of those Americans who are sporting a wireless handset, 81% have used it to send or receive text messages. Just don't do it while driving. 60% use their handset to surf the web.

The survey also shows that one in 5 cellphone users video chat. Since smartphone users are now in the majority in the states, and with most new smartphone models coming to market with a front-facing shooter, we expect this percentage to start moving higher. On the bottom, only 8% check-in or share their location. Despite the popularity of social messaging sites like Foursquare, most cell phone users don't care to get a thrill in telling everyone where they are.

Pew conducted the survey holding phone interviews with 2,252 adults, ages 18 and older.

source: PewInternet via BGR



1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

In other news...water is wet and the sun is bright

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am regularly (as in it happens almost everyday) part of the 60% and 52% (access the web and send e-mail). Less so for text messages. What is missing is the extent to which the phones are used for voice calls.... Seriously. I have seen people using their cell phones for multiple text messages with not one call being made or received over the course of 1 1/2 hours in a restaurant, or at a bar.

3. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

I send a few hundred texts a day but make a call maybe once a week and chances are that it's to a business of some sort. Most people I know are similar. So yeah I'd argue that making phone calls isn't as important anymore. Texting and messaging apps are where it's at.

4. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i remember there was an article i read that looked at the overall cost of people texting vs using some kind of instant messaging service... i'm pretty sure at least here in the US we paid like double or triple for being able to text compared to if we used IM service. its crazy really

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