Apps: Many Own Them, Few Use Them

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If it seems like everyone has a cell phone these days, that’s because pretty much everyone does.

According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, 82% of adults in the U.S. now own a cell phone, and nearly a quarter of those polled are so reliant on their cell phones that they live in a home without a landline.

And we’re not just talking about cheap pre-paid phones here. Pew Research reports that 35% of adults own cell phones with apps and a separate study released this week from Nielsen put that number even higher, finding that one of every four adults now owns a smartphone.

However, as the smartphone market has grown, many users seem reluctant to take full advantage of what their devices can do.

Pew Research reports that, of the adults who own a cell phone with apps, only about two-thirds (68%) actually use them. For the most part, those who do use apps are younger, richer and better educated, according to the survey.

“Older adult cell phone users in particular do not use the apps that are on their phones, and one-in-10 adults with a cell phone (11%) are not even sure if their phone is equipped with apps,” Pew reports.

Instead, Pew found that the most popular use for cell phones, other than actually making a call, is to take a pictures and send text messages, followed distantly by activities like accessing the Internet and receiving e-mail.

For those who do have apps on their cell phone, Nielsen found that the most popular apps to download were games, followed closely by news/weather apps and navigation tools.

Do you own a phone with apps on it? If so, what are your favorite kinds of apps to download? Let us know in the comments section!

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