Do You Have a Smartphone? If Not, You Are Now In The Minority

Do You Have a Smartphone? If Not, You Are Now In The Minority

June 5, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 12:28 AM EDT

Most everybody has a cell phone.

And now the majority of cell phone owners say their phone is a smartphone, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

According to the report overview posted on the Pew website:

For the first time since the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project began systematically tracking smartphone adoption, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind. Our definition of a smartphone owner includes anyone who says “yes” to one—or both—of the following questions:

    55% of cell phone owners say that their phone is a smartphone.
    58% of cell phone owners say that their phone operates on a smartphone platform common to the U.S. market.

Taken together, 61% of cell owners said yes to at least one of these questions and are classified as smartphone owners. Because 91% of the adult population now owns some kind of cell phone, that means that 56% of all American adults are now smartphone adopters. One third (35%) have some other kind of cell phone that is not a smartphone, and the remaining 9% of Americans do not own a cell phone at all.


The Pew report also addressed the changing demographic trends in smartphone owner ship, saying:

As has consistently been the case since we began measuring smartphone adoption two years ago, ownership is particularly high among younger adults, especially those in their twenties and thirties (although a majority of Americans in their mid-forties through mid-fifties are now smartphone adopters) and those with relatively high levels of household income and educational attainment.

Every major demographic group experienced significant year-to-year growth in smartphone ownership between 2012 and 2013, although seniors—defined as those 65 and older—continue to exhibit relatively low adoption levels compared with other demographic groups. Some 18% of Americans age 65 and older now own a smartphone, compared with 13% in February 2012.


Additionally, here's a chart from Pew detailing cell owner platform choices over the last two years


Read the full report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project by clicking HERE.

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