Teens and young adults have largely been viewed as the age demographics most dependent on their cellphones or smartphones, until recently. The latest survey by technology services firm Asurion found that this is no longer the case, and that mobile phones are of major importance to many regardless of age.
The survey questioned 1,000 consumers between 16 and 65 years old who had been selected at random, asking them about their experiences and attitudes regarding cellphones.
It found that the majority of those between 50 and 54 years old viewed their cellphone or smartphone as their primary means of communication and interaction, and that losing it, or any of the related smartphone accessories, would be immensely detrimental to their lifestyle.
This trend continues, to a lesser degree, among those aged 60 to 64. A total of 32 percent of surveyed individuals in this age range cited a similar degree of dependency on their mobile devices.
"As a nation, we're all coming to see the cellphone as an indispensable part of our lives," Asurion spokesperson Bettie Colombo stated.
Earlier in 2011, the Pew Research Center found that 90 percent of adults, including 62 percent of those 75 years old and up, lived in a household with at least a single working cellphone.