HealthDay.com reports that the U, a group of U.K. and U.A.E. countries, has become the latest to report that roughly half of the population uses a touch-screen device, with some estimates as high as 80 percent.
The findings are based on a study that was published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study, which was conducted in Germany, used survey data collected between 2013 and 2015 to analyze how well people know that they are using a touch device.
The results showed that while roughly half Americans have had their first experience using a touchscreen, that figure fell to 43 percent by 2016, with another 37 percent saying they had seen the device but did not know they were using it.
This is the second study to show that the number of touch-screens has grown in recent years, with the latest being the report published last month in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
The researchers found that nearly half of U and A.E.’s people were using a smartphone in 2017.
The U.N. report also found that about 15 percent of U adults and 7 percent of adults over age 60 use a tablet.
The number of people using a mobile device also increased significantly over the past five years, from 1.7 billion to 2.6 billion.
However, the number using a tablet also dropped slightly from 9.2 billion in 2016 to 9.1 billion in 2017, while the number who use a smartphone fell from 6.3 billion to 5.9 billion.
A key factor contributing to this increase in use was the availability of tablets.
In 2017, just 8 percent of those surveyed said they used a tablet for work purposes, while 27 percent said they had a tablet, and 15 percent had both a tablet and smartphone.
The most common use for a tablet was for online tasks, followed by watching video, email, shopping and social media, with 14 percent using both.
By comparison, a smartphone was the most common device used by just over half of people surveyed.
More people are using phones than ever before.
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this year found that one in three U. S. adults now owns a smartphone.
In addition, nearly 50 percent of people under age 30 own a smartphone, with about half of those adults between the ages of 18 and 29 owning a smartphone as well.
In fact, the U.’s population is now more likely to own a tablet than a smartphone at the same age.
While the numbers are small, the numbers for both devices are expected to continue to rise over the next decade.
This article originally appeared on HealthDay and was reprinted with permission.