6/12: Cell Phone Nation

June 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Mobile Devices, Science & Tech, Tech Box

If you enter any public space these days, the number of people chatting on their cell phones might make you think nearly everyone owns a wireless device.  According to this Marist Poll, that’s not far from the case.  87% of U.S. residents say they own a cell phone.  Among Americans with jobs, the figure is even higher with 92% reporting they’ve gone wireless.



When it comes to walking and talking, age is a determining factor: 94% of Americans under 45 have cell phones, whereas slightly more than eight in ten Americans 45 or older tote the devices.   Not surprisingly, family finances also affect cell phone ownership.  95% of Americans who report an annual household income of $50,000 or more own a cell phone as opposed to 82% of households taking in less than $50,000 a year.

Regionally, Northeasterners and Southerners lead the way. 89% of residents in those areas report owning cell phones, while 82% of Midwesterners and 85% of Westerners have the mobile devices.

Table: Have a Cell Phone

Marist Poll Methodology

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11 Responses to “6/12: Cell Phone Nation”

  1. Sales Engineer on July 19th, 2009 10:51 am

    It would be interesting to know how many children have cell phones. My observations are that they all do, in fact many youths have more than one.

  2. Best Cell Phones on August 19th, 2009 12:40 pm

    Yes, It IS very apparent how abundant cell phones are in society these days. And also, like Sales Engineer said it is interesting how many children have cell phones, even as young as elementary school.

  3. Chris on February 24th, 2010 2:29 pm

    So, your methodology misses people who have no landlines? I can’t tell. Wouldn’t that be a major gap for a study about cell phone usage?

  4. aspire on May 7th, 2010 2:21 pm

    They say almost every child which is 7 years has s mobile phone.

  5. free wifi on June 17th, 2010 3:20 am

    I am afraid i have three cellphones…

  6. Jacob Johnson on July 12th, 2010 10:08 pm

    i am sort of obsessed with the latest cellphones on the market and i am always on the lookout:;.

  7. 整形 on August 5th, 2010 5:56 am

    It would be interesting to know how many children have cell phones. My observations are that they all do, in fact many youths have more than one.

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  10. Nelson134 on August 29th, 2011 10:02 am

    The mobile phone is rapidly becoming the uber device — the one device that seems to have it all and becomes even more indispensable than it is now. Mobile phones have already started functioning as more than just communications devices. Mobiles serve as watches and alarm clocks. Even with the limited free games that come with basic phones, they are already good for “time-pass”. They can also function as calculators.I think this whole world are getting addicted to cell phone use

  11. Bin Bin Wang on December 4th, 2011 11:47 pm

    this survey is totally inaccurate. Not surveying people with land lines is just plain duuuuuuuuuuuumb

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