Tuesday, April 04, 2006

How Americans Use Cell Phones

The Pew Research Center has studied American cell phone use. Here are a few key results:

  • 74% of the Americans who own mobile phones say they have used their hand-held device in an emergency and gained valuable help.
  • 41% of cell phone owners say they fill in free time when they are traveling or waiting for someone by making phone calls.
  • 44% say they wait to make most of their cell calls for the hours when they do not count against their “anytime” minutes in their basic calling plan.
  • 28% of cell phone owners admit they sometimes do not drive as safely as they should while they use their mobile devices.
  • Among cell phone users, men (32%) are more likely than women (25%) to admit they sometimes don’t drive as safely as they should.
  • 82% of all Americans and 86% of cell users report being irritated at least occasionally by loud and annoying cell users who conduct their calls in public places.
  • 8% admit they themselves have drawn criticism or irritated stares from others when they are using their cell phones in public.
  • 36% of cell owners say they have been shocked from time to time at the size of their monthly bills.

Source: Pew Website

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