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PEW: Mobile Fact Sheet

Mobile Fact Sheet

Mobile Fact Sheet

“In contrast to the largely stationary internet of the early 2000s, Americans today are increasingly connected to the world of digital information while “on the go” via smartphones and other mobile devices. Explore the patterns and trends that have shaped the mobile revolution below.

Mobile phone ownership over time

The vast majority of Americans – 95% – now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 77%, up from just 35% in Pew Research Center’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011.

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% of U.S. adults who own the following devicesCellphoneSmartphone20042006200820102012201420160255075100

Source: Surveys conducted 2002-2016.

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Who owns cellphones and smartphones

A substantial majority of Americans are cellphone owners across a wide range of demographic groups. By contrast, smartphone ownership exhibits greater variation based on age, household income and educational attainment.

% of U.S. adults who own the following devices

Source: Survey conducted Sept. 29-Nov. 6, 2016.

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Ownership of other devices

Along with mobile phones, Americans own a range of other information devices. Nearly eight-in-ten U.S. adults now own desktop or laptop computers, while roughly half now own tablet computers and around one-in-five own e-reader devices.

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% of U.S. adults who own the following devicesE-readerTablet computerDesktop/laptop computer2008200920102011201220132014201520160255075100

Source: Surveys conducted 2008-2016.

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Smartphone dependency over time

As the adoption of traditional broadband service has slowed in recent years, a growing share of Americans now use smartphones as their primary means of online access at home. Today just over one-in-ten American adults are “smartphone-only” internet users – meaning they own a smartphone, but do not have traditional home broadband service.

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% of U.S. adults who do not use broadband at home but own smartphones201320142015201601020304050

Source: Surveys conducted 2013-2016. Data for each year based on a pooled analysis of all surveys containing broadband and smartphone questions fielded during that year.

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Who is smartphone dependent

Reliance on smartphones for online access is especially common among younger adults, non-whites and lower-income Americans.

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% of U.S. adults who do not use broadband at home but own smartphones, byage18-2930-4950-6465+20132014201520160204060

Source: Surveys conducted 2013-2016. Data for each year based on a pooled analysis of all surveys containing broadband and smartphone questions fielded during that year.

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Find out more

Find more in-depth explorations of the impact of mobile adoption by following the links below.

Home Broadband 2015: Barriers to broadband adoption Dec. 21, 2015
Technology Device Ownership 2015 Oct. 29, 2015
U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015 April 1, 2015

All reports and blog posts related to mobile technology

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Posted on: January 25, 2017, 6:34 am Category: Uncategorized