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Video calling has never been something that has intrigued me in the least, but that isn't so for one out of every five Americans. According to Pew Internet & American Life Project, 19% of all Americans have tried video calls via the Internet or mobile phone. That's nothing jaw-dropping or extremely impressive as nearly every household in America has a computer with a built-in webcam. The amazing stat is that 7% of all cell phone users in America have tried video calling from their device.

7% isn't exactly a high figure, but considering that video calling has only been available in America for a few months (June to be exact), that's pretty impressive. This also isn't a figure of how many people call regularly, just how many people have tried it. Thanks to phones like the Epic 4G, iPhone 4, and EVO 4G, mobile video calling has been made a fairly common thing and we're only going to see more and more of it in the coming years. Here are some takeaways from the data as given by Mashable's Christina Warren:

  • As with online video calls, higher-income households had more experience with video calling. Around 10% of users with a household income of over $75,000 a year had experience with mobile phone video calls, as opposed to 4% of users with a household income of under $30,000 a year.
  • Likewise, younger users are more likely to have used mobile phone video calling; 9% and 8% of respondents age 18 to 29 and 30 to 39 had experience with mobile phone video calls, as compared with 4% and 3% for older age groups.
  • The male-female split was about the same. Roughly 8% of males responded that they had experience with video calls on mobile devices, compared to 6% of female users

To view the tables and more of the raw data, head on over to the source link. How many of you guys video call? Is it intuitive, or is it just easier to voice call/text message? What do you think will come of video calling in the coming years?

Via Mashable (Image via SlashGear)

 

 


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