The question today is whether or not cell phones are actually used for making calls. This is been something that's been on my mind for quite a while and I thought I might take a few minutes to do some pulmonary research to see if my suspicions were true. With all the amazing things that are touchscreen smart phones, such as the iPhone can do, I began to think that perhaps we are not even using our cell phones to make that traditional phone call.
I was browsing the web from my traditional PC, as I stumbled upon an article on the online version of the Wall Street Journal. This begins to give me some general information that perhaps I was on the right track and that we are not using our cell phones for calls. The article centered on some Harvard students that are involved in developing a new application geared towards those attending this illustrious school. However, halfway through the article the conversation turned towards the fact that many of these students do not use their cell phone to make telephone calls. Matter of fact, one student that was interviewed had to stop for a moment, as she had to think whether or not one of her friends had the ability to send and receive e-mail via her cell phone. The student had to actually call using her cell phone, something that she does not do but maybe once a week. The student stated that normally they would use their cell phones to call home and other than that they only use them to send e-mail and text message.
So I began to think, surely there would be some statistics that would back up the fact that no one really uses her cell phone anymore to make telephone calls. And I was right. I found a report, even though it is slightly outdated, from the Nielson Company, 2008 that began to show some interesting facts. The average number of calls back in 2006 per month was 198 per person and those same people received 65 text messages. By the end of second quarter 2008 these numbers changed dramatically. The estimated number of monthly text messages was 357 as compared to the 204 monthly phone calls. I would imagine that if we had up-to-date statistics today we would see that our cell phones are predominantly used to send and receive text and e-mail, and that probably less than 30% of a mobile phones use is for actual telephoning. Hopefully I will be able to find an updated statistical report that will prove my original theory. My unlocked iPhone can help me do this as my PC is too slow!