Men are more likely to look things up on their smartphone than women. Wealthy people are more likely to use their smartphones for real time searches than poorer people. And less than 50% of people over 65 are using their phones for real-time searches, according to new data from the Pew Internet Report.
Researchers at the Pew Internet Report asked more than 2,254 Americans ages 18 and older to answer questions about how they used their mobile phones in the last 30 days.
For this study, they looked specifically at how people use their phones to answer immediate questions -- what the researchers are calling "just-in-time searches."
The questions on the survey were whether respondents use their phones to: Coordinate a meeting or get-together? Solve an unexpected problem that they or someone else had encountered? Decide whether to visit a business like a restaurant? Find information to settle an argument? Look up a score of a sporting event. Get traffic or public transit information? Get help in an emergency situation?