Mobile Access 2010 | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Young adults are heavily invested in the mobile web, although 30-49 year olds are gaining ground.

Nine in ten 18-29 year olds own a cell phone, and these young cell owners are significantly more likely than those in other age groups to engage in all of the mobile data applications we asked about in our survey. Among 18-29 year old cell phone owners:

  • 95% send or receive text messages
  • 93% use their phone to take pictures
  • 81% send photos or videos to others
  • 65% access the internet on their mobile device
  • 64% play music on their phones
  • 60% use their phones to play games or record a video
  • 52% have used their phone to send or receive email
  • 48% have accessed a social networking site on their phone
  • 46% use instant messaging on their mobile device
  • 40% have watched a video on their phone
  • 33% have posted a photo or video online from their phone
  • 21% have used a status update service such as Twitter from their phone
  • 20% have purchased something using their mobile phone
  • 19% have made a charitable donation by text message

Although young adults have the highest levels of mobile data application use among all age groups, utilization of these services is growing fast among 30-49 year olds. Compared with a similar point in 2009, cell owners ages 30-49 are significantly more likely to use a range of mobile data applications on a handheld device.

Mobile Access 2010 | Pew Internet & American Life Project

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