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Video calls gaining traction, Pew survey shows

About one in five U.S. adults have participated in an Internet video call on their desktops or cellphones, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

In its first survey of video calls, Pew said 17 percent of respondents said they had been involved in a video or teleconference online. Six percent said they had placed a video call on their cellphones. Some of 3,000 people surveyed said they had done both, bringing the total to about 19 percent.

The center attributed the popularity of video calls to the availability of camcorders, cameras built into smartphones and video-chat services such as Skype, Google Talk and Apple's iChat. Cisco recently announced its Umi product, that allows video conference through television.

Pew found that video calling was most popular among higher-income demographics and that African Americans were more likely to place a video call over their cellphones. Please take a look at Post Tech's story on how wireless phones have become an increasingly popular way to access the Web among minority groups.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 13, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  Apple, Google, Media, VIDEOS  
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