The Video Phone Comes Of Age: One Fifth Of American Adults Have Made A Video Call
October 13, 2010 at 13:03 PM EDT
The idea of video phone calls goes back to at least 1969 when AT&T developed it's famous Picturephone which went nowhere (the concept was actually been kicking around a lot earlier ). But now with Skype video calls on your laptop and FaceTime on your iPhone, video calls are finally gaining acceptance. A new Pew Internet survey finds that 19 percent of American adults have made some sort of video call, either on their laptops or their cell phones. If you look at just the population on the Internet, it is 23 percent. But what about video calls on actual phones? The Pew study claims that 7 percent of American adult cell phone users have made a video call on their cell phone. I remain skeptical about that number because not many phones have video calling capabilities, and even when they do the video call only works when you are calling someone else who also has a phone with that feature. .