U.S. teens’ passionate embrace of smartphones

Long Shorts by garryknight

Long Shorts by garryknight

Fully 95% of U.S. teens are online, a percentage that has been consistent since 2006. Yet, the nature of teens’ internet use has transformed dramatically during that time — from stationary connections tied to desktops in the home to always-on connections that move with them throughout the day. In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population. Teens are just as likely to have a cell phone as they are to have a desktop or laptop computer. And increasingly these phones are affording teens always-on, mobile access to the internet — in some cases, serving as their primary point of access. According to the latest Pew Research on teens and technology:

  • 37% of all teens have smartphones, up from 23% in 2011…
  • 25% of those aged 12-17 access the Internet “primarily” via a cell phone or smartphone…
  • Among teens with a smartphone, however, 50% access the Internet primarily via the mobile device…
  • Girls are more likely than boys to rely on their smartphone as their primary Internet access device…
  • Older teen girls represent the leading edge of cell-mostly internet use; 34% of them say that most of their internet use happens on their cell phone…
  • 23% of teens have a tablet computer…

Pew Research: A Quarter of Teens Mostly Access the Internet Using their Cell Phones