Nearly half of all American adults is now packing a smartphone, a device that is every bit as much an Internet onramp as it is a phone.
A survey released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the number of U.S. adults with a smartphone in February climbed by about a third above the 35 percent who carried one last May. Now 46 percent of adults have a smartphone, as opposed to the 41 percent who own more basic mobile phones.
The trend was almost universal across demographic groups. Still, smartphone adoption remains highest among college graduates, younger adults and those living in households with incomes of $75,000 a year or more. Of those 65 and over, still just 13 percent use smartphones.
The survey was conducted from Jan. 20 to Feb. 19 among a sample of 2,253 adults. Its margin of error is plus or minus 2.3 percent..