The Pew Research Center found 61 percent of those surveyed cited email as "very important" for their jobs and 54 percent said the same for the Internet. The figures were even higher for office-based workers. (AFP/Robyn Beck)
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Americans see email and the Internet as the most important tools for productivity at work, and still prefer landlines over cellphones for the office, a study showed Tuesday.The Pew Research Center found 61 percent of those surveyed cited email as "very important" for their jobs and 54 percent said the same for the Internet. Office and away For office-based workers, these tools are markedly more important, Pew found: 78 percent of office workers cited email as an important tool compared with 25 percent who don't work in an office.And the Internet was seen as vital for 68 percent of those in an office, and 26 percent of nonoffice employees. Among the nearly 60 percent of employed Internet users who go outside of the workplace at least occasionally, half say the Internet and cellphones are "very important" to allowing them to do their job.
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