The above video is courtesy of futurist David Houle’s website futurewow.com.

I do not text and drive!  But, I admit, sometimes I look at my phone while driving to key in a number.  With great guilt however and only in light traffic.  Still the same as texting so a habit I am publicly giving up.  Usually I am able to do everything hands free with my state-of-the-art Bluetooth headset.  Aren’t you still amazed at the number of drivers who still don’t use the convenience and safety of a headset?

All of this wondering got me to thinking about cell phone use and its growth.  The video below gives you a visual of its rapid surge in popularity.  China, as you might imagine, leads the world in the number of cell phones in use with 1.1 billion in a population of 1.3 billion.  The number of phones as a percentage of population in China is 85%.  Second in number of phones is India but only 71% as a percentage of population.  Perhaps this is due to the size of its lower class.  The U.S. is third, following the logic of the world’s third largest nation.  However, the number of phones is 104% in relation to its population.  Admit it, some of you have more than one phone!  Brazil and Russia make up the top five with 135% and 155% concentration, respectively.  One and one-half phones per person in Russia!  (source: www.wikipedia.org)

Some More Fun Statistics For The U.S. (source: www.accuconference.com)

  • One half of our phones are smart phones.
  • Only 12% of adults age 65 or over have a smartphone.
  • 82% take pictures with their cell phones, up from 76% in 2010.
  • 29% check their bank account online, up from 18% in 2011.
  • 45% of businesses say wireless is essential to their operations.
  • 28, 641 cell phone towers were added in 2012.
  • The average American smart phone user spent nearly 30 minutes a day checking or updating social networks.

Consider Reading This

The Shift Age by David Houle.  David is a futurist and has spoken to my CEO peer groups.  In this book he identifies and explains the dynamics and forces that already have reshaped and will continue to reshape our world for the next 20 years.  If you want to learn what the world will look like for your children and grandchildren you will enjoy this book.