Pew: Teen smartphone use soars in the US – half of the teenage owners of smartphones access the Internet mainly through their phones

[IDG] The number of teenagers in the U.S. using smartphones has risen sharply, with half of them accessing the Internet mainly through the device, according to a recent study.78% of teens in the U.S. have a cellphone, a figure that has remained stable since 2011. But about 47% of those owned smartphones in 2012. That means that 37% of all teens had smartphones in 2012, up from 23% in 2011, the Pew Research Center said in a study released on Wednesday.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237549/Pew_Teen_smartphone_use_soars_in_the_US
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/031313-pew-teen-smartphone-use-soars-267647.htmlAlso see:Study: 25 percent of teens access Internet with smartphones
The American teenager continues to lead the nation in smartphone use, with one-quarter of teens accessing the Internet mostly from their cellphones, according to a study.The results of the Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, Teens and Technology 2013, highlight the ubiquity of technology in the lives of teens, who are almost always connected to e-mail, texts and apps through their smartphones.
www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/study-25-percent-of-teens-access-internet-with-smartphones/2013/03/12/45c43bc2-8b7e-11e2-9f54-f3fdd70acad2_story.htmlTeens and Technology 2013OverviewSmartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.These are among the new findings from a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Key findings 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, a level comparable to the general adult population.
  • 95% of teens use the internet.
  • 93% of teens have a computer or have access to one at home. Seven in ten (71%) teens with home computer access say the laptop or desktop they use most often is one they share with other family members.

“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,” said Mary Madden, Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and co-author of the report. “In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population.”About the SurveyThese findings are based on a nationally representative phone survey of 802 parents and their 802 teens ages 12-17. It was conducted between July 26 and September 30, 2012. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish and on landline and cell phones. The margin of error for the full sample is ± 4.5 percentage points. This report is the second in a series of reports issued in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. The first release, “Teens, Parents and Online Privacy,” was published in November 2012 and is available at: www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-Privacy.aspx.
http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Teens-and-Tech.aspx

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