Technology Device Ownership

Pew: Smartphones Top Computers for 18-29 Year Old Consumers

John Eggerton, reporting for Broadcasting & Cable, provides highlights from a recent Pew Research Center report, “Technology Device Ownership.”  For the first time since Pew has been tracking device ownership, more young adults, 18-29 years old, own a smartphone (86%) than own a computer (78%).  Tablet ownership has also shown strong growth with young adults, rising to 50% in 2015.

Smartphone ownership for adults 18-49 and adults in higher income levels are close to “saturation adoption.”  The report did not find smartphone ownership differences by race or ethnic group.

Of the seven devices included in the Pew surveys, cell phones, including smartphones, are the most commonly owned device among all U.S. adults at 92%, followed by computers at 73%, smartphones at 68%, tablets at 45%, MP3 players at 40%, game consoles also at 40%, E-book readers at 19%, and portable gaming devices at 14%.

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