Most of us use phones as cameras

I admit I was late to the camera phone party: I only got an iPhone less than two years ago, and my previous phone’s photos weren’t worth saving. Now I use the phone more than any other camera I own — just like most Americans, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

“Fully 85 percent of American adults own a cell phone and now use the devices to do much more than make phone calls,” the researchers say. In its nationally representative phone surveys in the spring and summer, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project obtained readings on some of the most popular activities.

Top of the list: photography, of course. 82 percent of phone owners take pictures with them. That’s up from 76 percent in 2010.

The full study is here.