Students prefer smartphones to IM, e-mail

June 20, 2010

A national study of about 500 students conducted by a researcher at Ball State University has found that college student use of smartphones has nearly doubled this year. 99.8% of students own one or more cell phones, and 49% now have smartphones (compared to just 27% last February). 97% say that they use text messages (SMS) as their main form of communication, compared to just 30% for email and 25% for instant-messaging (IM). The researcher predicts that the iPad will achieve rapid saturation among college students, and will change the way they communicate yet again. Ball State U media release  |  The Chronicle of Higher Ed