The survey of 1,031 US adults found ownership of laptops (64% own) and iPods/MP3 players (45%) is up most dramatically since 2005, when Gallup last conducted a similar poll.
Smartphones, which were not included in the earlier survey, have become common, with 62% of respondents saying they have one. Most respondents report that they now have Internet access, either at home through Wi-Fi (73%) or via smartphones.
Since 2005, VCR ownership has dropped rapidly (from 88% to 58%), as has desktop ownership (65% to 57%).
Ownership of cable TV (68%) has not changed since 2005, and essentially the same share of Americans own DVD or Blu-ray players (80%).
- The types of devices owned by the youngest adults surveyed (age 18-29) vary significantly from those of older respondents.
- Smartphones are the most common devices with this younger group (88% own). The majority also have have wireless Internet access at home (83%) and laptops (79%).
- Older Americans (65+) were most likely to report owning older forms of technology, including cable TV (74%) and VCRs (74%).
- A majority of Americans age 65 and older own a basic cellphone (61%), whereas only 25% own a smartphone.
Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.
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