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Pew Research: Technology Device Ownership 2015

68% of Americans have smartphones and 45% have tablet computers.

Device ownership of other digital devices has not grown in recent years.

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A new study was recently released by Pew Internet Research on device ownership in the US. The study found that  68% of U.S. adults own a smartphone, which is up from 35% in 2011. Tablet ownership has grown to 45% among adults. Smartphone ownership is nearing the saturation point with some groups:

  • 86% of those ages 18-29 have a smartphone
  • 83% of those ages 30-49 have a smartphone
  • 87% of those living in households earning $75,000 and up annually have a smartphone

Roughly 9 of every 10 American adults (92%) own a mobile phone of some kind (smartphone or feature phone). “Although these mobile devices are ubiquitous today, the share of adults who own one has risen substantially since 2004, when Pew Research conducted its first poll on cell ownership. At that time, 65% of Americans owned a cellphone.”


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