A new survey, cited by Information Week, claims that Dallas leads the 10 biggest U.S. markets when it comes to the percentage of residents who own smartphones and tablets.
The data indicate that 76 percent of us have smartphones, 10 percent more than second-place Los Angeles. By contrast, New York has the lowest penetration of smartphones, at just 48 percent. Maybe their high cost of living depresses that number. Nationwide smartphone reach is at 60 percent.
When it comes to tablet ownership, Dallas boasts 48 percent penetration, 5 percent greater than second-place Washington, D.C. It’s Houston that’s furthest behind here, with only 34 percent. Nationwide the percentage is 39.
However, we’re apparently among the least likely to be so addicted to our phones that we use an application as soon as we wake up each morning. Survey says that 80 percent of Dallasites do. Only Los Angeles (75 percent) ranks lower. In New York the share is 92 percent. (All those numbers seem scarily high to me.)
Even more interesting data reveal when and how often Americans in the biggest cities shop on their mobile devices:
7% of respondents tune out to shop while their spouse is talking about work, and 5% of respondents shop while their coworkers are talking about their kids. Worst, 2% of respondents said they shopped while attending a funeral. C’mon, people, where are your manners?