The table compares the percentages of people using different functions of their mobile phones between 2006 and 2010.
Throughout the period shown, the main reason why people used their mobile phones was to make calls. However, there was a marked increase in the popularity of other mobile phone features, particularly the Internet search feature.
In 2006, 100% of mobile phone owners used their phones to make calls, while the next most popular functions were text messaging (73%) and taking photos (66%). By contrast, less than 20% of owners played games or music on their phones, and there were no figures for users doing Internet searches or recording video.
Over the following 4 years, there was relatively little change in the figures for the top three mobile phone features. However, the percentage of people using their phones to access the Internet jumped to 41% in 2008 and then to 73% in 2010. There was also a significant rise in the use of mobiles to play games and to record video, with figures reaching 41% and 35% respectively in 2010.
The table shows the proportion of personal income put aside as savings in seven different countries in 1989, 1999 and 2009.
According to the table, in 1989, Italy had the highest savings rate of 29.5%, followed by France with 18.7% and Japan with 17.6%. However, Mexico had the lowest rate—only 5.6%.
By 1999, Italy was still the leading country, though its saving rate had dropped to 17.6%. Germany was next with 13.8%(same as that in 1989) , and the rates in France and Japan were close behind. In Mexico, the savings rate had almost doubled to 11.5%. By contrast, the UK and the USA had the lowest rates, with 8.2% and 5.5% respectively.
In 2009, the savings rates leveled out considerably across the seven countries, with France and Japan leading with 13.6%, followed by Germany, Italy and the UK at around 11%. Personal savings in North America dropped sharply, with the USA at 4% and Mexico at a very low 1.9%.
Overall, the proportion of income as savings in these countries, generally speaking, declined over this thirty-year period.