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Six in ten Americans go online wirelessly using a laptop or cell phone; African-Americans and 18-29 year olds lead the way in the use of cell phone data applications, but older adults are gaining ground.
Story written by Aaron Smith of the Pew Internet and American Life Project

African-Americans and English-speaking Latinos continue to be among the most active users of the mobile web. Cell phone ownership is higher among African-Americans and Latinos than among whites (87% vs. 80%) and minority cell phone owners take advantage of a much greater range of their phones’ features compared with white mobile phone users. In total, 64% of African-Americans access the internet from a laptop or mobile phone, a seven-point increase from the 57% who did so at a similar point in 2009.

Young adults (those ages 18-29) are also avid users of mobile data applications, but older adults are gaining fast. Compared with 2009, cell phone owners ages 30-49 are significantly more likely to use their mobile device to send text messages, access the internet, take pictures, record videos, use email or instant messaging, and play music.

This report is based on the findings of a daily tracking survey on Americans’ use of the Internet. The results in this report are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International between April 29 and May 30, 2010, among a sample of 2,252 adults, age 18 and older. Interviews were conducted in English. For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling and other random effects is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. For results based Internet users (n=1,756), the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting telephone surveys may introduce some error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.

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Amal Bennett-Judge

Last week, I accidentally washed my cell phone with my dirty laundry. That put a damper on my day… but while I was trying to find out how to replace it I did discover some interesting, eco-friendly tips. Here are my top five…
    Recycle your old cell phone. With AT&T, the company encourages consumers to bring any unwanted phones, accessories and batteries to retail stores. This simple action helps decrease e-waste in landfills.
    Buy refurbished phones. This option is cheaper and comes with a warranty.  One can find a refurbished iPhone with renewed contracts at AT&T. If you are worried about inferior quality, these phones have passed a barrage of manufacturer tests.
    Unplug chargers after use. This simple action not only saves your battery but also saves you the time of having to recharge.
    Turn-off phones in non-service areas. This means movies, airplanes, and when you’re out in the boonies.
Buy sustainable skins for your phone. If you tend to mistreat phones as much as I do, you should consider a VERS durable covers. These bamboo covers are not only stylish but also sustainable. Furthermore, the company pledges to plant more trees for every tree used in the production of the cover.

Photo by samrowlands

Planet Harmony’s Austyn Mayfield investigates the potentially hazardous link between cell phones and brain cells.