Neal Augenstein, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – A new study shows people are using smartphones as more than just a way to play Angry Birds. They’re using them to make decisions and get things done.
A Pew Internet Project study shows 70 percent of all cellphone users and 86 percent of all smartphone users have gathered information and performed real-time tasks with their mobile device.
The Pew study, “Just-in-time Information through Mobile Connections” shows people do benefit from information at their fingertips and they are changing because of it.
In the past 30 days, phone owners performed at least one of the following activities:
“Just-in-time information searches are changing people’s expectations about where, when and how they can reach out for help. This is rapidly speeding up the flow of information (in) users’ lives,” says Susannah Fox, co-author of the report.
“Smartphones are changing basic patterns of human communication because they allow people to get real-time information to help them solve problems.”
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