According to a july 2011 study from the Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project, smartphone penetration has reached more than half (52%) of the adults in the US (18-to-29-year-old). The study also reveals that 45% of 30-to-49-year-olds own smartphones, and this figure then drops by almost 50% to 24% among 50-to-64-year-olds. Overall, 35% of US adults own smartphones (via: MC).
Some 87% of smartphone owners access the internet or email on their handheld, including two-thirds (68%) who do so on a typical day. When asked what device they normally use to access the internet, 25% of smartphone owners say that they mostly go online using their phone, rather than with a computer. While many of these individuals have other sources of online access at home, one third of these internet users lack a high-speed home broadband connection. The 35 percent smartphone penetration among all US adults is only going to rise in the near future. In general, the population in the US that has a smartphone is feeling this way (this is a wordcloud with the most used words to describe how they feel about their devices ):
So, Convenient, Good, Great and Necessary are the words that are most used by smartphone-users to describe how they feel about their device. These are good indicators of the frequently heard promise that usage of smartphones will become more and more part of our daily lives. In the chart below you can find smartphone ownership by age:
The full report done by PEW can be downloaded for free via this link, or you can scroll down the report below in the SlideShare presentation.