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6/12: Cell Phone Nation


6/12: Cell Phone Nation

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.

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Marist Poll Methodology

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  1. Bin Bin Wang

    December 4, 2011 at 11:47 PM

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

  2. Nelson134

    August 29, 2011 at 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

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  5. 整形

    August 5, 2010 at 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.

  6. Jacob Johnson

    July 12, 2010 at 10:08 PM

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

  7. free wifi

    June 17, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    I am afraid i have three cellphones…

  8. aspire

    May 7, 2010 at 2:21 PM

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

  9. Chris

    February 24, 2010 at 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?

  10. Best Cell Phones

    August 19, 2009 at 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.

  11. Sales Engineer

    July 19, 2009 at 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.

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