How People Use Their Cell Phones

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

More than half adult cell owners use their phones to go online. See what else people do with their phones.

  Percentage of cell owners
who use this feature
Send and receive text messages 81%
Access the Internet 60
Send or receive mail 52
Download apps 50
Get directions, recommendations, or other location-based information 49
Listen to music 48
Participate in a video call or video chat 21
"Check in" or share your location 8
Source: Pew Research Internet Project, 2013.

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