Smartphones are more readily available than ever, and owning them in the 5G age makes it easier to use the Internet. So much so that more and more people are just relying on their smartphones to access the Internet.
About 85% of U.S. adults now own a smartphone
Mobile technology and home broadband 2021 report (through 9to5mac) by Pew Research shows that smartphone ownership has risen to 85 percent among adults in the United States. It rose from 81 percent when the survey was last conducted in 2019. Breaking down the data by age group, it is clear that older people still own much less smartphone. On average, 61 per cent of those aged 65 and over had a device, compared with 96 per cent of those aged 18 to 29 and 95 per cent of those aged 30 to 49.
However, ownership has increased dramatically among older age groups, and this trend is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. Just two years ago, the stake in the over-65s group was 53 percent.
About 15% of U.S. adults only use Internet users on mobile devices
In addition to the increase in the number of smartphone users Pew Research found that 15% of U.S. adults are now only mobile Internet users. In other words, they do not have access to home broadband.
This trend is much more common among young adults, with 28% of U.S. adults aged 18-29 surveyed relying solely on a smartphone. That’s only 12 percent of those 30 and older.
Household income plays an important role here as well. About 27% of households that earn less than $ 30,000 are only Internet users of mobile devices. That figure shrinks to 13 percent among those with a household income of $ 30,000 to $ 74,999, and to 6 percent among those earning more than $ 75,000.
Of those surveyed who only use a smartphone to connect to the Internet, nearly half said monthly rates are the reason they don’t have a broadband connection. About 40% say that the price of a computer is also a factor.