American's Use of Remote Digital Technology at 62 Percent
Roughly 62 percent of adult Americans say they have taken advantage of mobile access to digital data and tools while away from their work and or home, according to a new survey by The Pew Internet & American Life Project.
According to the survey, some 58 percent of adult Americans have used a cell phone or personal digital assistant (PDA) to do at least one of ten mobile, non-voice data activities, such as texting, e-mailing, taking a picture, looking for maps or directions, or recording video. Roughly 41 percent have logged onto the Internet while away from home or work, either by using a wireless laptop connection or a handheld device.
"People's growing reliance on their cell phones, together with wireless Internet access from laptops, suggests a shift in expectations about cyberspace," said John B. Horrigan, associate director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
"For many people, access to digital information and resources is an always present utility for answering questions and documenting what is going on around them through photos or video recording."