Smartphones Are the 4th Most Important Tool for Online Workers

A recent study from Pew Research analyzed the importance adult Internet users put on the various tools used for their full or part-time jobs. The survey revealed that email and the Internet are the most important communication tools overall, with smartphones coming in fourth on the ranking.

24% of survey participants said they considered their smartphones “very important” for doing their jobs. By comparison, 61% said email was very important, and 54% said that about the Internet. Surprisingly, landline phones ranked ahead of smartphones in the study, with 35% of participants labeling them as “very important.”

Another surprising result of the survey was only 7% of workers considered having technology at their disposal to be a distraction in the workplace. A much higher 46% said they actually felt more productive with email, smartphones and the Internet. 51% of participants said these technologies allow them to expand their communication outside of the company, and 39% said it gave them more flexibility with their work hours.

According to the study, employers are learning to adapt to the changing work environment. Only 46% of respondents said their workplace blocked access to certain websites on their network, and the same percentage said their company had rules about what employees can say online.

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Lynn Oldshue is a PR professional who has worked with the Birmingham Zoo, Coca – Cola , the Alabama Theatre, and the Saenger Theatre. She has covered personal finance issues for 10 years. Lynn can be contacted at [email protected]