The data is in and it confirms what many people have been thinking: young adults ages 18 to 29 are more likely to own a mobile phone or smartphone than a desktop or laptop.
Mobile has morphed into the “all-purpose device that users are increasingly relying on.”
The stats come from a July, 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center. It shows that ownership of desktop and laptops, game consoles, and MP3 players among US young adults has dropped since 2010.
However, smartphone ownership among these respondents has grown from 52 percent in 2011 to 86 percent in 2015.
“Fully 68 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 and older own a smartphone, and roughly nine in 10 US adults own a mobile phone,” notes eMarketer. “While mobile phone ownership is nearing saturation, smartphone ownership is steadily growing. In fact, among US mobile phone owners in 2015, 73 percent have a smartphone.”
And while ereader sales are declining, tablet ownership is increasing. As of April, 2015, 45 percent of respondents owned a tablet device, while only 19 percent own an ereader.
“Separate research by Digitalsmiths also found that smartphone and tablet ownership is rising among internet users in North America,” reports eMarketer. “Smartphone ownership increased from 64.8 percent in Q2 2014 to 66.8 percent in Q2 2015. Moreover, tablet ownership grew from 46.4 percent in Q2 2014 to 52.6 percent in Q2 2015.”