Smartphones outpace computer ownership among the young

Smartphone ownership has reached the point where it has overtaken computers, with the more traditional desktops being a category with declining ownership numbers for the past decade.

This is according to the findings of the 2015 Technology Device Ownership report from Pew Research, which specified that this was particularly the case among US adults aged 19 to 29 years old.

Some 78 per cent of millennials own a computer, which is down from the corresponding figure of 88 per cent recorded in 2010.

However, 86 per cent of the same demographic own a smartphone, which represents an explosion of ownership compared to the uptake level of 52 per cent in 2011 – the first time Pew measured that category.

Ownership of seven types of devices is surveyed by the Pew Research Center, including all mobile phones, computers, tablets, mp3 players, games consoles, ebook readers and portable gaming devices. 

These trends are analysed to establish how their ownership and usage affects how people connect with each other. 

The devices also impact the ways in which people spend their time – and this is corroborated by other research. 

Indeed, a study recently carried out by researchers at Nottingham Trent University found that people check their mobile an average of 85 times per day without necessarily even realising they are doing it. 

According to Pew, a total of 92 per cent of adults own a mobile, with 68 per cent of these individuals having one of the more advanced smartphones. ADNFCR-2155-ID-801804935-ADNFCR

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