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College Students' Cellphone Usage Only Growing

October 31, 2011

College Students' Cellphone Usage Only Growing

By Oliver VanDervoort
Contributing Writer

We've known for a while that college age kids are very dedicated to their cell phones. The surprising tidbit about smartphones was just how often adults were using them for things such as Facebook (News - Alert) and social networking. A new study shows that a large majority of college kids use their smartphones on a daily basis, despite the fact that two-thirds of those students don't actually pay their own bills. It seems as though students today don't realize that just one or two generations earlier, cellphones were something that were used in the car and few other places.

The end of using cellphones and smartphones for emergencies only has actually long passed. The study shows that a full 88 percent of students who own cellphones use them to text in class. 40 percent of students take advantage of their phone's ability to access the web in order to prep for a test at the last minute. Of course, still others use their phone to connect with their friends on sites like Facebook and getting the word out about the next great party is certainly a top use as well. 

Whether using the phone as an appendage in their social pursuits or as a study aid, 25 percent of all students say they take out their phone in class at least once a day. A new infographic, put together by a site called Hackcollege shows just how often and how college students now use their cellphones. Some of the other interesting statistics that will certainly be eye-popping to the older generations are that almost all (94 percent) of college students text every day. Another interesting tidbit is that while in the outside world, Android crushes Apple (News - Alert) when it comes to smartphone market share, the race is much close on campus. Android still leads, but only by one percent (43-42). Good news for all those companies making new cellphones as well, as 58 percent of college students currently own the smartphone they want the most. That bodes well for the student getting the newest and most popular phone in the near future.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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