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New survey: Was Google voice search deemed geeky or cool?

Find out what adults and teens think of Google voice search and what they use it for.

Teens and adults have pretty different opinions about Google voice search. Credit: Colourbox Teens and adults have pretty different opinions about Google voice search.
Credit: Colourbox

When voice search was born three years ago, many thought it would be the closest they would get to having a personal assistant. Siri in particular was marketed to always know where you should eat dinner, when your UPS package was going to get there or if you should bring an umbrella with you. So, how popular is she, and other forms of voice search, Google and Cortana? According to a new Google survey, 56 percent of American adults say using voice search makes them feel tech savvy while 45 percent say it makes them feel like a geek.

You may feel geeky using voice search, but kids these days are all about it. The survey found that more than half of American teens use voice search every day. That makes it cool, right? Right?! Twenty seven percent of teens even talk to Siri in the bathroom. Hey, if you're going to use your phone in the bathroom, at least it's the hands-free mode.

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Forty percent of people use voice search to ask for directions while the second most popular way of using it is to dictate a text message. Other popular forms of use are making a phone call, using it while cooking and to check the weather. Fifty-one percent of teens and 32 percent of adults use it just for fun.

When it comes to something they wish voice search could do but currently can't, most adults wish they could use the feature to tell them where they left their keys. And teens? They just wish it would give them free pizza.

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