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Teens & Tech Report


It’s no secret that teenagers are active technology users. Some might argue (me among them) that many teens use technology too much and could be even addicted to it. Recent research results from the  Pew Internet & American Life  Project highlight how America’s teenagers use and interact with technology.

“Fully 95% of teens are online, a percentage that has been consistent since 2006,” reports Pew in their “Teens and Technology 2013” report. As Internet access has become practically ubiquitous, one in four U.S. teens ages 12-17 said they mostly use their smartphones as opposed to some other device to access the Internet, according to the survey data.

“The nature of teens’ Internet use has transformed dramatically — from stationary connections tied to shared desktops in the home to always-on connections that move with them throughout the day,” Mary Madden, senior researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and co-author of the report, was quoted in a press release.

Even with the shift to mobile, computers are still quite prevalent with teens, with eight out of ten owning a desktop or laptop computer. These computers are often shared though, with “…some 71% of teens who have a computer or access to one at home say that the computer they use most often is one they share with their parents, siblings, or other members of their family.”

Other findings of note include:

  • 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.
  • 23% of teens have a tablet computer like an iPad, a level comparable to the general adult population.


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