Two kinds of digital communication that have grown increasingly popular in the United States -- sending text messages and using social networking sites -- are also popular around the world.
The share of adult cell phone owners who have downloaded an app to their phone nearly doubled in the past two years – rising from 22% in September 2009 to 38% in August 2011.
Key findings from a survey report on tablet news consumption by the Project for Excellence in collaboration with the Economist Group.
Just 18 months after the introduction of the iPad, a new Pew Research Center study details the way in which the tablet is creating a revolution in how people get their news. About one-in-ten Americans now own a tablet, and more than half use it every day to read long articles as well as headlines.
About three-in-ten text message users prefer texting to voice calls, and young adults stand out in their use of text messaging.
Just over half of smartphone owners use their phones to get directions or recommendations based on their location; geosocial services and location-tagging features are less popular.
Mobile phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information-seeking and communicating: 83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone. While cellphones are useful for a wide variety of tasks, owners say they also come with some disadvantages.
Smartphones have captured a significant share of the cellphone market in the U.S. and a quarter of owners say they go on line mostly using their device.
The share of U.S. adults who own an e-book reader -- such as Kindle or Nook -- doubled to 12% in May 2011 from 6% in November 2010. This is the first time that ownership of this device has reached double digits among adults.
Local news is going mobile. Nearly half of all American adults (47%) report that they get at least some local news and information on their cellphone or tablet computer.