The ubiquitous nature of mobile devices becomes evident when you look at the results of the TIME Qualcomm survey which said that 84% of the respondents could not go a single day without a cell phone in their hand and 44% would leave their wallets at home but not their cell phones.
Of the 7 billion on the planet, over 6 billion have access to a working mobile phone. To put this number in perspective, only 4.5 billion people have access to toilets.
To better understand how technology can enable reading (a baby step to mLearning), UNESCO conducted a survey to learn about the habits, preferences, and attitudes of mobile readers. Specifically, the survey was designed to discover who reads on mobile phones and why; if and how mobile reading changes reading habits and attitudes towards reading; what people read and want to read on their mobile phones; what the central barriers are to mobile reading; and what factors predict people’s intentions to read and keep reading on mobile phones.