December 21, 2011
75 Percent Of Cell Phone Owners Are Texting
According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, 75 percent of cell phone owners say they text.
The survey of people in 21 countries found that 50 percent of cell phone owners use their mobile devices to take pictures or video.
It found that 72 percent of Japanese cell phone owners take pictures or video, as well as about six-in-ten in Mexico.
Pew said that social networking is popular in many nations around the world as well. In the U.S., 50 percent of those surveyed said they use social networking websites.
The research company said that texting is most popular in two of the poorest nations surveyed: Indonesia and Kenya. About 96 percent of the people surveyed in Indonesia said they text, while 89 percent of those in Kenya do the same.
Pew said that about 23 percent of cellphone users around the world access the Internet through their device. In the U.S., 43 percent mobile phone users access the Internet with their device.
Another study to be published in the Journal of Business Ethics next year found that people are more likely to lie through a text than through face-to-face communications, video conferencing or audio chat.
Researchers of that study found that stockbrokers were most likely to engage in this deceitful behavior if they conducted the buy/sell conversation through text messaging.
They said that stockbrokers were less likely to lie if they were having the same conversation face-to-face.
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