28% of US smartphone owners use them as primary 'Net connection
Just over a third of American adults own a smartphone of some kind, with many preferring to use it as their primary connection to the Internet. That's according to a report from the Pew Internet Project, which the organization says is its first standalone measure of smartphone ownership and usage in the US.
Pew surveyed 2,277 US adults between April and May of this year and found that 83 percent have some kind of cell phone. From that group, 42 percent reported owning smartphones, evening out to 35 percent of all adults surveyed. The demographics of that group are hardly surprising, either: smartphones tend to be the most popular among those with a college degree and the financially "well off," and the highest rate of ownership is among those under the age of 45.