Pew: Adults texting more, cell ownership steady

Pew Internet & American Life Project
Americans continue to increase the use of their cell phones for tasks other than simply making phone calls, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

The new report, authored by Amanda Lenhart for the Internet and American Life Project, finds that 72 percent of American adults now send or receive texts on their mobile phones — up from 65 percent in September 2009.

Lenhart reports that the adult texting population sends or receives a median of 10 messages per day, compared to a median of 50 per day among teenagers. The data also shows that 76 percent of adults take photos with their phone and 38 percent regularly access the Internet on it.

Overall, cell ownership remains steady at 82 percent, slightly higher than the number of adults reporting ownership of a laptop or desktop computer.

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