90% of US Households Own At Least One Cell Phone

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Last updated April 12, 2019

In a recent report issued by Pew Research Center, they revealed that almost every home in the USA had at least one gadget – with the most popular one being a cell phone.

The report, which is entitled “Generations and their Gadgets”, covered the findings of a survey of 3,001 Americans aged 18 and older. It was conducted last year between August 9th and September 13th.

Here are some of the findings:

  • 85% of the people questioned owned their own cell phone. 90% of them said there was at least one working cell phone in their household.
  • 59% said they owned a desktop computer; 52% said they owned a laptop. As a subset of that finding, it was discovered that 70% of Millennials (aged 18 to 24) owned a laptop and 57% owned a desktop, showing that the younger set is more inclined to have a laptop as their primary computer.
  • Not quite half of those questioned owned an iPod or other MP3 player. Most of this group was from the Millennials as well.
  • Game consoles (PS3, Xbox, Wii) came next on the list at 42% of all household. Most from this group were either Millennials or Generation X (aged 35 to 46).
  • 5% of those surveyed said they owned an e-reader.
  • 4% owned a tablet
  • 9% did not own any of the gadgets listed above. Of that 9%, 43% were predictably over age 75. Only 1% of Millennials didn’t own a gadget.