Entries in Cell Phone (4)


More Teens Prefer Texting to Calling, Study Shows

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The days of teens tying up the phone for hours are long gone. A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that they're texting more, and talking on the phone less.

“The average teen now texts 60 texts a day, as opposed to 50 just two years ago,” said Pew senior research specialist Amanda Lenhart. “Texting is also really superseding and perhaps replacing other kinds of communication.”

Lenhart says texting has become the communication of choice among teens. Sure, they will speak to each other on their smartphones: “Just about a quarter of all teens have a smartphone,” she said. But given a choice, they prefer to text it than say it.

“We actually saw declines over the past two years in voice calling, both on a cellphone and on a landline phone,” Lenhart said. “Teens are just doing less of that.”

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Study Finds People Lie More Often in E-Mails, Text Messages

Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Thinkstock(AMHERST, Mass.) -- A new study found that people are more likely to lie via e-mail and text messages than in person, according to HealthDay.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst studied 220 undergraduate students , and found that the participants lied at least once or twice in 15 minutes via text messages.

The study has been published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

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Smartphone Users: 33% Would Give Up Chocolate Before Phones

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Smartphone users love their phones so much, a full one-third would give up chocolate in order to keep using their devices.  That’s according to a new survey commissioned by Google of 5,013 U.S. adult smartphone users.

Additional stats from the survey:

  • 81 percent use their smartphones to browse the Internet.
  • 72 percent use their devices while involved in other media.
  • One in five would give up cable TV in order to keep their smartphones.
  • 33 percent use smartphones while watching TV.
  • 22 percent use smartphones while reading the newspaper.
  • 79 percent use smartphones to help with shopping, with 70 percent using it while in the store.
  • Nine out of 10 users have made a purchase because of a mobile ad received on their smartphone.
  • 95 percent use smartphones to find local information, such as nearby pizza shops and movie times.
  • 48 percent use smartphones to watch videos.
  • One in 3 users would give up chocolate to keep using their smartphone.
  • The average smartphone user spent $300 ordering items online with their device.  Twenty-seven percent or those orders were made through a mobile website and 22 percent were made through apps.

The survey, which was reported by, also found that 39 percent of smartphone owners use the devices while in the bathroom.

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Recycled Phones Could Save Lives

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(STANFORD, Calif.) - Josh Nesbit had a simple idea - one that turns old cell phones into lifesavers.

As the goalie on Stanford University's soccer team, Nesbit earned a full scholarship. But it was his hustle off the field that makes him a superstar.

During his sophomore summer break four years ago, Nesbit volunteered at an AIDS clinic in Malawi, one of Africa's poorest, least-developed nations. In Malawi, 85 percent of the people live in rural areas and most survive on a dollar a day. Nesbit volunteered at St. Gabriel's Hospital to help children with HIV.

"This particular hospital was serving about a quarter-million people, spread a hundred miles in every direction. So you literally had patients walking 60, 80, a hundred miles to access care. Basically one nurse would get onto a motorcycle and drive 10 hours a day trying to track down patients," Nesbit said.

Often, community health workers, who travel miles to isolated African villages to see patients, have to lug boxes of medical records with them. Paper records can be lost or damaged, especially on long trips.

His idea was to use high-tech open source software on a laptop, along with some solar power, and give away old cell phones so that local health workers can work on the frontlines of global health.

Back at Stanford, surrounded by high-tech engineers, Nesbit found a software guru who could help make it happen. Then, back in Malawi, Nesbit set up an ad hoc network using solar panels, a laptop and cell phones. With the software, paper records could be transformed into text messages. Soon the health workers were texting a hundred miles in each direction.

The new technology allowed workers at St. Gabriel's to respond to emergencies, diagnose patients, and keep track of their medical records, all via texts -- saving time, resources, and lives.

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