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Americans value the Internet more than TV–and value their cell phones even more than the Internet. That’s the most recent finding from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which describes the results of the survey as a significant shift in the past five years.

In 2003, respondents identified their home phones as the technology they valued most, followed by TV, cell phones and Internet access. At the same time, the percentage of consumers saying they would have a hard time giving up their Blackberry or other wireless e-mail device has increased six-fold in the past five years, from 6% of American adults in 2002 to 36% in 2007.

Industry insiders say it’s the age of digital lifescapes, or lifestyles formed through the fusion of technology, social connections, information and communication.

New technologies have become more important because of greater use, industry experts explain. The Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication describes computers as increasingly widespread. In 2002, 29% of the households surveyed did not have a computer and only 3% had four or more. Today, only 19% are without computers and 9% have four or more.

The 2008 Digital Future Project also found:

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