Smartphone Habits

The Pew Research Center's Pew Internet & American Life Project has been tracking cell phone ownership and use for the past eight years.  Earlier this month they released a new infographic on our smartphone habits: So What? More people today are buying smartphones than traditional cell phones.  Smartphone ownership has been increasing for some time, and all indicators suggest that continued growth is likely.  In addition to more people having smartphones, more smartphone owners are Read More …

Texters, Talkers, or ???

Martha Irvine's recent AP article considers how the rising popularity of texting is changing what it means to "talk to" others by phone.  The percentage of cell phone users who prefer to communicate by text rather than voice is highest among the young, but continuing to rise for all age groups. So What? The art of communication is evolving as a result of the always connected world in which we now live.   Regardless of age, one should aspire to be able to communicate well in both oral and Read More …

Do Church Members View Your Website?

In the July/August 2011 edition of Presbyterians Today, Joelle Anderson and Ida Smith-Williams wrote an article about trends in how Presbyterian congregations communicate digitally.  They reported on research that shows a significant increase, between 2001 and 2008, in the percentage of congregations who use e-mail and websites to communicate with members. So What? While congregations have moved toward websites, perhaps congregants have moved beyond them.  More specifically, while 63% of Read More …

Text Ministry

Just a few years ago, most people thought of cell phones primarily as phones.  In 2010, a cell phone means much more to teenagers. According to recent research conducted by the Pew Research Center, "Text messaging has become the primary way that teens reach their friends, surpassing face-to-face contact, email, instant messaging and voice calling as the go-to daily communication tool for this age group." According to even more recent research by The Nielsen Company, the average teenager Read More …