56% of US adults have smartphones: survey

More than half of American adults own a smartphone, including some 80 percent of those in the 18 to 34 age group, a survey showed Wednesday.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project said smartphone adoption has jumped from 35 percent in 2011 to 56 percent this year.

The survey, which polled more than 2,200 adults in April and May, found 91 percent owned some kind of mobile phone, and a majority said that phone was s smartphone or operated on a smartphone platform.

Some 35 percent said they have some other kind of cell phone that is not a smartphone, and the remaining nine percent did not own a cell phone at all, the survey found.

"As has consistently been the case since we began measuring smartphone adoption two years ago, ownership is particularly high among younger adults, especially those in their 20s and 30s," the research report said.

But every major demographic group boosted smartphone ownership between 2012 and 2013: some 69 percent of those aged 35 to 44 had a smartphone as did 55 percent of those 45 to 54.

Among those over 65 year old, 18 percent had smartphones.

"Younger adults -- regardless of income level -- are very likely to be smartphone owners," the report said.

"Conversely, for older adults smartphone ownership is more of an 'elite' phenomenon: smartphones tend to be quite prevalent at the upper end of the income distribution but much less common among those with lower income levels."

Among the survey group, 28 percent reported having an Android smartphone and 25 percent said they had an iPhone. Just four percent said they owned a BlackBerry and one percent a Windows phone.

The wealthier and more educated were more likely to report using a iPhone -- 49 percent of cell owners with a household income of $150,000 or more said that their phone is an iPhone.

The report was in line with surveys from market research firms.

According to a recent Kantar Worldpanel ComTech survey, Android, the free operating system from Google, remained the top platform with 51.7 percent of US sales to 41 percent for Apple's iOS.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

Most Popular

  • Do You Have a Bowel Problem?

    Do You Have a Bowel Problem?

    Healthy Living - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 10:34 PM PHT
    Do You Have a Bowel Problem?

    Those sweets are just one category of "fermentable carbohydrates," foods that can wreak havoc on some people's guts (another common irritating class is lactose), causing diarrhea, gas and/or bloating. …

  • Weight Loss Mistakes Beginners Make

    Weight Loss Mistakes Beginners Make

    Healthy Living - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:38 PM PHT
    Weight Loss Mistakes Beginners Make

    Weight-loss rookies beware: despite your best efforts, you may be making some well-intentioned mistakes that not only halt your progress, but can actually cause weight gain, leaving you feeling anything but motivated. …

  • The Shocking Reason You May Be Tired

    The Shocking Reason You May Be Tired

    Healthy Living - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:33 PM PHT
    The Shocking Reason You May Be Tired

    So my doctor prescribed two medications, including a synthetic thyroid hormone to replace what my body was having trouble making. It turns out that my story is actually quite common, especially since the risk for thyroid disorders tends to increase as you get older-and women are up to eight times more likely than men to develop one. I was also surprised to learn that having an underactive thyroid is the most common problem, but it can be tricky to diagnose. The gold standard for measuring …

  • If You See the Word “Detox,” Run--and 5 Other Diet Claims Never to Believe

    If You See the Word “Detox,” Run--and 5 Other Diet Claims Never to Believe

    Healthy Living - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:41 PM PHT
    If You See the Word “Detox,” Run--and 5 Other Diet Claims Never to Believe

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK. …

  • Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:29 AM PHT
    Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet. …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options