Do you own a laptop or desktop?
I’ve come across some interesting facts and figures on computer ownership from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
Computer ownership continues to increase, with 76% of all Americans owning a computer; although this still skews younger -- 88% of younger Americans (aged 18-29) own a computer while only 45% of those aged 65+ are computer owners. But what kind of computer are they using?
We appear to be trading in our desktops for laptops. In 2006, 68% of Americans owned a desktop, while only 30% owned a laptop. However in 2010, ownership of desktops has dropped to 59% while laptop ownership has increased to 52%. I know I’ve owned a laptop exclusively for over 3 years now. As a matter of fact I just purchased a new laptop!
As might be expected, among younger adults (18-29), laptops are far more prevalent, 72% of this demographic group owns a laptop while only 56% have a desktop computer. Older demographic groups are more likely to own a desktop:
-- 30-49-year-olds: 61% own a laptop and 67% own a desktop.
-- 50-64-year-olds: 44% own a laptop and 63% own a desktop
But then the trend reverses for the 65 and older group: 39% own a laptop and 31% own a desktop; perhaps because their kids are making the recommendation for them?
Another interesting statistic, a higher percentage of US adults own a mobile phone than own a computer, 85% of Americans now own a cell phone (also according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project). Of course this isn’t surprising. A family may share one or two computers, but everyone has their own cell phone. 96% of adults aged 18-to-29 own a cell phone.