Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.
These are among the new findings from a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Key findings include:
· 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones.That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.
· 23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population.
In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population