US Teens’ Device Access, by Demographic

April 14, 2015

Pew-Teen-Access-Digital-Devices-Apr2015Source: Pew Research Center [pdf]

    Notes: Some 87% of teens aged 13-17 own or have access to a desktop or laptop computer, while 81% have access to a gaming console, according to a recent Pew Research Center report. Almost 9 in 10 have access to some kind of mobile phone, with 73% having smartphones. Device access in general tends to be higher among teens from higher-income households. While girls are more likely to have access to tablets than boys, the opposite is true with respect to gaming consoles. And while Black teens are most likely to have access to a smartphone, they’re least likely to report access to a desktop and laptop computers and tablets.

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        About the Data: The survey was administered online by the GfK Group using its KnowledgePanel, in English and Spanish, to a nationally representative sample of 1060 teens ages 13 to 17 and a parent or guardian from September 25 to October 9, 2014 and February 10 to March 16, 2015. In the fall data collection, 1016 parent-teen pairs were interviewed. The survey was re-opened in the spring and 44 pairs were added to the sample.

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