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Tablet, smartphone ownership continues surge

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Columbia, Md.—A recent survey from market research companies Arbitron Inc. and Edison Research, “The Infinite Dial 2013: Navigating Digital Platforms,” found that 53% of Americans, an estimated 139 million people, own smartphones, up from 44% last year. Tablet ownership jumped to 29% of the population this year from 17% last year, the report said. The survey also included questions about social networking and found that more than one in four Americans, an estimated 71 million people, check a social network several times per day. In addition, 45% of respondents listened to online radio in the past month, more than double the percentage (21%) five years ago. The study was based on data from 2,021 respondents aged 12 and older reached in a national telephone survey conducted in January and February 2013.
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