Forty-two percent of U.S. cell phone owners ages 18 to 29 used their phone to look up health information in 2012, up from 29% in 2010, according to a report from the Pew Internet & the American Life Project
The report found that the percentage of U.S. cell phone owners ages 30 to 49 who use their phone to look up health information increased from 18% in 2010 to 29% in 2012, while the percentage of U.S. cell phone owners ages 50 to 64 who use their phone to look up health information increased from 7% in 2010 to 19% in 2012.
Among U.S. cell phone owners older than age 65, the percentage who use their phone to look up health information increased from 8% in 2010 to 9% in 2012.
The report is based on telephone survey of 3,014 U.S. adults ages 18 and older conducted between Aug. 7 and Sept. 13 by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The survey results were compared with Pew's survey of 3,001 U.S. adults ages 18 and older conducted between Aug. 9, 2010, and Sept. 13, 2010.
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the California HealthCare Foundation helped fund the latest report. CHCF publishes iHealthBeat.
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, "Mobile Health 2012"