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Poll shows 85 percent of US adults own a cellphone

AFP, WASHINGTON

Mobile phones are the most popular gadget among adult Americans, followed by computers, digital music players, game consoles and e-book readers, according to a new survey.

The survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 85 percent of Americans 18 and older own a cellphone and 90 percent of all adults live in a household with at least one cellphone.

Fifty-nine percent of US adults own a desktop computer, 52 percent own a laptop computer and 4 percent own a tablet like Apple’s iPad, Pew said in the study, Generations and their gadgets.

Forty-seven percent own an iPod or another MP3 digital music player and 42 percent own a game console. Five percent own an e-book reader like Amazon’s Kindle.

Only 9 percent of those surveyed do not own any of the devices although the percentage of “gadget-less” rises to 20 percent among Americans aged 66 to 74 and to 43 percent among those 75 or older.

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