Data Monday: US Networked Device Ownership

by Luke Wroblewski November 22, 2010

As the number of Internet-connected devices continues to grow, Americans are increasingly getting online in different ways. Recent data highlights what devices US teens, college students, and adults own now.

  • 85% of Americans own cell phones. (source)
  • 59% of Americans own personal computers/desktops. (source)
  • 52% of Americans own laptops. (source)
  • 75% of US teens have mobile phones. (source)
  • 96% of 18-29 year olds in the US own mobile phones. (source)
  • Around one in ten Americans with annual household incomes of $75,000 or more own a tablet PC or e-book reader. (source)
  • 98% of US college students own computers. But desktop ownership declined by more than 25% from 2006 to 2009, while laptop ownership increased by nearly as many points. (PDF source)
  • 45% of US college students own desktop computers. (PDF source)
  • 62% of US college students own an internet-capable handheld device. Ownership of internet-enabled handheld devices increased by more than 11% between 2009 and spring 2010. (PDF source)
  • In 2009, fewer than half of respondents who owned an internet-enabled handheld device said they used it at least weekly, with fewer than a third reporting daily use. By 2010, 42.6% reported using the devices every day and two-thirds did so at least once a week. (PDF source)
  • 89% of US college students own either a laptop or a netbook. (PDF source)