88% of Americans today use the internet, up from 52% in 2000. Roughly three-quarters of the US public (77%) own a smartphone and 51% of them own a tablet, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
The Pew Research Center’s study points to four key trends illustrating the current technology used by Americans.
- 77% of Americans own a a smartphone. Adoption of these devices has more than doubled since 2011, when only 35% of Americans said they owned a smartphone. Smartphones are extremely popular among young adults, with 92% of people aged 18-29 own one. However, the increase of smartphone ownership is also visible in other age groups, especially among Americans aged 50 and older.
- 69% of Americans use social media. Those services are nearly ubiquitous among younger adults, as 86% of 18- to 29-year-olds are social media users. But they are also popular among those aged 30-49 (80%) and 50-64 (64%).
- The share of Americans with home broadband service rose by 6 percentage points in 2016. Between 2013 and 2015, the share of Americans with broadband service fell from 70% to 67%. The trend changed during the last year and today 73% of Americans say they have broadband service at home.
- 51% of the American public own a tablet computer. Those devices have grown popular during previous years. In 2010 only 3% of Americans owned a tablet.