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I have made a study of human communication -- interpersonal as well as mass media.  I am intrigued by tremendous changes in human interaction in recent years.  The computer, Internet, smart phones and social media have dramatically changed the way we interact with each other.  Human discourse hasn't changed, but the mediums by which we communicate have..."and that has made all the difference".


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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.


0 #1 Sue Blankenship 2010-10-18 15:38
Of the 3 young adults in this household, 2 own laptops, 1 owns desktop, of the 3 (50-64) adults 2 own laptops, all 6 of us each have a cell phone. I personally prefer the portability of a laptop, needles to say this house has a wireless network.

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