The study also found significant increases in texting and the overall amount of time that Americans spend talking on their cell phones. As might be expected, "cell phone-centric" activity is more prevalent among the young than it is among the middle-aged and older who have mobile phones.
The number of Americans who own a BlackBerry (RIMM), iPhone (AAPL) or other cellular device is up to 82%. That should not be surprising. The combined subscriber bases of Sprint-Nextel (S), Verizon Wireless, and AT&T (T) are now 230 million. Cell phone use may be reaching a saturation point in America.
Men Are Heavier Users
The Pew research shows that adults who use texting receive a median of 10 texts a day. The number rises to 50 a day for teenagers. Five percent of adult texters send 200 texts per day. Heavy texters, those who send and receive more than 50 a day, are also heavier users of voice features on their phones.
Other results show that the average phone user makes five calls a day. Men are slightly more likely to make calls than are women.
It is perhaps not unexpected that 91% of Americans say their cell phones make them feel safer. The devices connect them with the world. Eighty-eight percent say their phones help them stay in touch with family and friends. There may not be much that's extraordinary in the 42-page report, especially to those of us who watch others text and talk on their phones all day -- except perhaps that most of those people sleep with their phones, too.
The report is based on the findings of a daily tracking survey on Americans' use of the Internet and data from phone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International between April 29 and May 30, 2010, among a sample of 2,252 adults, age 18 and older.