The study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that the majority of Americans said they would use their smartphone or tablet to help with everyday tasks if they had one, but a significant minority (36 percent) said they did not.
The study also found that while the majority (55 percent) of adults in the U.S. said they used their smartphones or tablets for work-related tasks, they did so for less than half the time.
In other words, if you need to help your friend get dressed, ask her to put her clothes on.
And the study found that nearly half (47 percent) say they use their phones or tablets to access work-specific apps, which means that most of them would not do so for most other tasks.
While it is true that a significant number of adults do not use their smartphones for work tasks, the data is misleading because it focuses on work-oriented tasks and not other types of tasks.
According to a 2014 study by the University of British Columbia, more than half of Americans work for a company that offers a service such as Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb.
The researchers said that most Americans do not have access to smartphones or other digital tools that allow them to access such services.
“If you look at the work-centric task category, nearly half of U.s. adults work for some type of business, including in the field of finance or finance-related professions,” said Amy B. Zajonc, a professor of management and associate director of research at the UBC School of Business.
According the study, nearly two-thirds (66 percent) people working in finance and accounting occupations would use an app to access these types of services.
About 14 percent of people in manufacturing and transportation-related jobs would use such an app.
And 11 percent of workers in retail and service-related occupations would have access.
According B.M. Zijlstra, associate professor of organizational behavior at The Ohio State University, this is not the case for many other jobs, including those in manufacturing, finance and other types.
Zojonc noted that people in these fields often have access or have a device with their job, such as a phone.
“So in that context, you might think people in those jobs would be more likely to be able to use a phone to access their work-enabled devices, and we find that’s not the reality,” Zijkstra said.
However, Zijksstra also noted that a large number of people who are employed in these types and occupations do have access in their phones, and many of those people do have work-to-work devices.
While the majority are likely not using smartphones or devices to access all kinds of online services, it is possible that the vast majority of people using them for work purposes are working in those types of jobs.
For example, according to the AP-NORP study, the majority use their work devices to look up and see if a friend or co-worker is working, or to track time and location, as well as to make and receive calls.
And nearly half the people surveyed (47%) said they use them to check social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to see if friends or family members are available.
More than one in five adults said they have a phone that can access work or social media.
The AP-NESC study found more than 50 percent of adults (45 percent) and about 60 percent of college students (61 percent) have a smartphone that can do this.
More than 30 percent of women (31 percent) had a smartphone.
The researchers asked people how often they used smartphones or digital devices to accomplish various tasks.
Most people (77 percent) used their smartphone for tasks such as checking Facebook, Google+ and email, while about one in 10 (9 percent) also used their phones to do some of the tasks listed.
About half of people (50 percent) did not use smartphones or use other digital devices for tasks.
About a third of adults and about three in 10 college students used their work phones to access social media, and about one-third of college people said they do not own a smartphone or use a digital device.