Americans have fallen in love with mobile phones. From spending hours playing games on smartphones to brandishing sequined mobile phone cases, people young and old are fixated with the capabilities that new phones offer.
A 2,700-person study by the Pew Research Center showed that 83 percent of U.S. adults own a mobile phone. The technology has expanded quickly in the past decade, and with the new spread of smartphones, mobile internet use is also becoming more common.
Nearly 69 percent of American adults had internet access in their homes in 2009, and the number using their phones to connect is growing. According to the Pew study, 84 percent of smartphone owners use their devices to access the web, whether to read mail, visit websites or perform application functions like mapping or social media.
Although calls, text messages and internet access are all common uses for mobile devices, a surprising number of mobile owners use other phone functions on a regular basis. Pew reported that 92 percent of smartphone owners use a picture-taking function, and 59 percent of standard mobile users do the same. Phones are even being used as decoys – 13 percent of all owners have acted as if they were using the phone to avoid talking to other people.