Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide

Dec 20, 2011

Two kinds of digital communication that have grown increasingly popular in the United States -- texting with cell phones and use of social networks -- are also popular in many places around the world.

Text messaging is a global phenomenon. Across the 21 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project, a median of 75% of cell phone owners say they text. Texting is widespread in both wealthy nations and the developing world. In fact, it is most common among cell phone owners in two of the poorest nations surveyed: Indonesia and Kenya.

The survey, conducted March 21 to May 15, also finds that social networking is popular in many nations around the globe. This is especially true in Israel (53%) and the U.S. (50%), where half or more say they use social networking websites. More than four-in-ten use these sites in Britain (43%), Russia (43%) and Spain (42%). Social networking is generally more common in higher income nations largely due to the fact that wealthier countries have higher rates of internet access.

Read the full report, Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide, on the Pew Global Attitudes Project Web site.

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