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WASHINGTON—Mobile phones are the most popular gadget among adult Americans followed by computers, digital music players, game consoles and electronic book readers, according to a new survey.

The survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 85 percent of Americans 18 and older own a cellphone and 90 percent of all adults live in a household with at least one cellphone.

Fifty-nine percent of American adults own a desktop computer, 52 percent own a laptop computer and four percent own a tablet like Apple's iPad, Pew said in the study, "Generations and their gadgets."

Forty-seven percent own an iPod or another MP3 digital music player and 42 percent own a game console.

Five percent own an e-book reader like Amazon's Kindle.

Only nine percent of those surveyed do not own any of the devices although the percentage of "gadget-less" rises to 20 percent among Americans aged 66 to 74 and to 43 percent among those 75 or older.

Americans between 18 and 34 were more likely to own a laptop computer (70 percent) than a desktop computer (57 percent). Only 28 percent of Americans 75 and older own desktops and only 10 percent own laptops.

Digital music players are most popular among the 18 to 34 crowd with 74 percent of so-called "Millennials" owning one, Pew said, and the percentage decreasing steadily by age.

Game consoles are equally popular among adults aged 18 to 34 and those 35 to 46, with 63 percent of both age groups owning the devices and the number falling to 38 percent among those between the ages of 47 to 56.

Pew said the survey of 3,001 American adults was conducted in August and September and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
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Very Interesting read indeed, considering they are about to cap wifi & charge for overages (like Canada's Hard Lines), whoosh, that's gonna hurt, and bad!

I see that many desktop owners also own a laptop too, woot! America loves computers, it's OFFICIAL...
Edited by _GTech - 2/4/11 at 9:17pm
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Nice find!

I think Ill put this on my website!
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I can't remember the last time I met someone who didn't have a cellphone. Surprised it's not higher honestly, as they make sense for people who have money, and for people who don't as well.
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I don't have a cell phone (don't need one).
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Older people dont have them.

Some of my friends grandparents dont have them. also most homeless people dont have them haha
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Older people dont have them.

Some of my friends grandparents dont have them. also most homeless people dont have them haha
Lots of homeless people do have them, since they need to make calls to get benefits from goverment programs, etc. It's only the most washed out druggies who don't have them.
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Lots of homeless people do have them, since they need to make calls to get benefits from goverment programs, etc. It's only the most washed out druggies who don't have them.
idk man lol i know a few friends who fit that and still manage to keep a cell on
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I have a work cell phone, but not a personal one. I personally don't see any use.
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A lot of Senior Citizens don't have cells I think. I know neither of my grandparents have cells.
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A lot of Senior Citizens don't have cells I think. I know neither of my grandparents have cells.
All 3 of mine do, despite not ever using them. For when landline goes out, or calling AAA when car breaks down.
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