The results aren’t overly surprising. Of the 21 countries surveyed, the majority have and use mobile phones. Pakistan seemed to be the lone exception with ownership only at 48%. Countries surveyed ranged from the US and Japan to Kenya and Indonesia, running the economic gamet. Sorry US, Spain takes home the prize of highest ownership at a chart-topping 96%. College grads and 20-somethings were most likely to use their mobile device the most in any country the study targeted.

As days of simple voice usage are far gone, the study delved deeper to explore which common uses of mobile phones accrewed most heavily in each country. Be it text, picture, video, internet usage, apps. The heavyweight remains voice, with texting coming in second and usage for picture/video lower than expected. Fun fact from the study? Only 9% of Pakistanis use their phones to send pictures or texts, they rank the lowest for usage.

(^Thanks, WebProNews!)

Pew’s research targeted social networking separately and broke down results according to those who do and do not have internet access. US and Israel top the charts at 50% and 53% respectively, for adults who partake in social media networking sites. When numbers were low in certain countries, Pew only had to point to lack of internet access which played the most major of key roles.

Interestingly enough, although age, income and proximity to internet were important defining factors, gender did not play a part in this study. There were no notable differences between female and male mobile/social networking usage. Hmm… now if only Pew asked HOW exactly males and females were networking…