Study: Smartphone users ignore most apps on their phone

Whether it's Angry Birds, Words with Friends or Shazaam, not all apps are here to stay — at least for most smartphone users.

While smartphone owners load up their phones with apps, more than half use only a handful of them, according to a new study.

Of smartphone owners, 68 percent open only five or fewer apps at least once a week, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project . Also, 17 percent don't use any of the apps they've downloaded.

Applications for smartphones are becoming a way of life for many users. The study found that about 42 percent of all U.S. adults have phone with apps, according to a USA Today article .

While many apps fall to the wayside, the ones used have staying power, according to the research. Android phone users spend about 90 minutes a day on their phone — two-thirds of which is spent playing with apps, according to the study. The behavior is the same with most iPhone users, too, the study cites.

To read the full USA Today article, go to http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/story/2012-01-30/smartphone-app-usage/52891556/1 .

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