Cell Phone Activities

As of May 2013, 52% of adult cell phone owners sent or received email on their device, 50% downloaded a software application, 60% accessed the internet, 21% participated in a video call, and 81% sent or received text messages. For more detailed information, refer to our mobile fact sheet.

Cell Phone Activities

Send or receive email Download a software application or “app” Access the internet Participate in a video call or video chat Send or receive text message
5/2013 52 50 60 21 81
9/2012 50 56 80
4/2012 44 43 53 79
8/2011 42 48 76
5/2011 38 31 44 6 73
12/2010 38 42 74
9/2010 34 39 7 74
5/2010 34 38 72
1/2010 30 34 69
12/2009 29 32 68
9/2009 27 22 29 65

Pew Research Center