Pew Research report: US ownership of smartphones nearly doubles since 2011

The US has seen smartphone ownership rise from 35 to 68 percent over the last five years while ebook and MP3 ownership has shown recent decline.


The Pew Research Center just posted its 2015 technology device ownership survey results that confirm what most of us see every day.

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If you commute to work, you've probably seen just about everyone with their face buried in a smartphone and the latest data shows that 68 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, up from 35 percent in 2011. Younger people, aged 18-29, show a smartphone ownership rate of 86 percent.

Ebook reader ownership has fall to 19 percent, from 32 percent in 2014. Computer ownership has also shown a decline, from 88 percent in 2010 down to 78 percent today.

Tablet ownership in the 18-29 year old segment has seen the greatest increase, rising from 5 percent in 2010 to 50 percent today. The first iPad was launched in April 2010 and Apple continues to define the tablet market today.