We live in the future.
At least it seems like we do, according to a Pew Internet report on just-in-time mobile connections.
It reveals that 70 percent of all cell phone owners and 86 percent of smartphone users have done at least one of the following activities that would have been considered downright futuristic 10 years ago:
• Coordinate a meeting or get-together
• Solve an unexpected problem that they or someone else had encountered
• Decide whether to visit a business, such as a restaurant
• Find information to help settle an argument
• Look up a sports score
• Get current traffic or public transit information
• Get help in an emergency situation
On a recent Friday-to-Sunday road trip from Chicago to St. Louis, I did all of the above (if you count finding the nearest late-night Taco Bell on Google Maps an emergency situation … which we did).
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The crux of the Pew Report is that more people are using their phones to connect immediately with people and the physical world around them. These “just-in-time” cell users now comprise 62 percent of the entire adult population, according to the report.
For more on how the robots are taking over just-in-time cell usage visit the report here