A new report from the respected Pew Research Center‘s, Pew Internet & American Life Project, shows that 74% of all Americans are now regular Internet users, and that, of that number, 23% have participated in video chats, calls, or video conferences via their computers or cell phones.
According to the report, this trend is not likely to subside; if anything, it is growing with the proliferation of webcams, camcorders, and video-enabled services such as Skype, Google Talk, and Apple iChat.
You can read the full report from Pew here. Virtual lawyers, in particular, should educate themselves about this growing trend, as it will almost certainly affect the way we communicate with clients and others in the course of our daily work.
It should also be noted that Skype, Google Talk, and Apple iChat are, by no means, the only – or even best -players in this game. Many smaller video conferencing operations exist that are well worth a look. See, e.g., Yugma, DimDim, and GoToMeeting. And, more emerge every day.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is part of the non-profit Pew Research Center which studies and reports on trends and issues shaping American life. Their website is accessible by following the link provided above.