More U.S. Teenagers Have Smartphones


Smartphone ownership among American teenagers increased from 23% in 2011 to 37% in 2012, according to a study on teenagers and technology released in March 2013 by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

The study found that 78% of American teenagers have a cell phone, and almost half of those (47%) own smartphones.

Also, 23% of teenagers, almost one in four, also have a tablet computer. It’s “a level comparable to the general adult population,” Pew’s study said. Furthermore, 93% of teenagers have a computer or have access to one at home, with 71% of those saying the laptop or desktop they use most often is one they share with other family members.

In addition, 74% of teenagers age 12 to 17 said they access the Internet on cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices at least occasionally.

Finally, 34% of teen girls ages 14-17 say they mostly go online using their cell phone or smartphone, compared to only 24% of boys age 14-17. Among older teen girls who are smartphone owners, 55% say they use the Internet mostly from their phone.

The Pew study is based on phone surveys of 802 American parents and their 802 teenagers aged 12-17, conducted in English and Spanish between July 26 and Sept. 30, 2012.

– Source:  Pew Internet & American Life Project, 03/13/13.

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