More people using cellphones for real-time info

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By Brett Molina, USA TODAY

Roughly 70% of cellphone owners have used their devices in the last month to gather real-time information such as traffic alerts or look up sports scores, a new study finds.

According to a survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, smartphones are turning more people into "real-time information seekers and problem solvers."

They quizzed 2,254 adults age 18 and older between March 15 and April 3, asking whether they used their mobile devices to seek out time-sensitive information in the past 30 days.

Among their key findings: 41% used their devices to coordinate a meeting or get-together, 30% used phones to decide whether to visit a business such as a restaurant, and 19% turned to phones to get help in an emergency.

Younger phone owners are far more likely to use their devices for this type of data than older owners, Pew found. About 88% of owners age 18-29 used their phone for real-time information, compared with 46% of respondents age 65 and older.

Also, men (73%) were more likely than women (67%) to use their phones for real-time services.

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