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Posted on 13 Jan 2011 with 0 comments
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The first post for 2011 may well be an indicator of things to come. The ubiquity of mobile/cell phones throughout the world is really quite amazing and an indicator of the desire to be connected and to communicate. The Pew Research Center in Washington released a fascinating piece of research in mid-December 2010, with the title Global Publics Embrace Social Networking. The research, based on a survey of respondents from 22 countries, provides a sobering global view of the use of mobile/cell phones. The results suggest two major trends. The first is that mobile/cell phone ownership is growing rapidly and globally. Secondly, mobile/cell phones are being used for social networking, especially by young people, that is, younger than 30 years of age. Although the second finding does vary between countries and would appear to be dependent on the local cultural context and economic conditions, the increasing trends of mobile/cell phone ownership and social networking use are inescapable.

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