The number of mobile phone owners who play games on their portable devices has grown by seven per cent to 34 per cent in the last 12 months in North America, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
MSNBC reports that 38 per cent of owners now use mobile to surf the internet, with 55 per cent of them doing so daily. By comparison, of the 42 per cent of Americans who own a games console, 29 per cent of those use them to access the internet.
The highest non-phone use of mobiles is taking pictures (76 per cent) followed by texting (72 per cent), checking email (34 per cent), recording video (34 per cent) and playing music (33 per cent).
“Cell phones have become for many owners an all-purpose chat-text-gaming-photo-sharing media hub that is an essential utility for work and a really fancy toy for fun,” Pew research specialist and author of the report Aaron Smith stated.