Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, February 5, 2024
One of the biggest home technology shifts among American adults involves their use (or non-use) of home computers and home printers. Only a decade ago, it was widespread practice to have both a home computer and home printer, and often to buy them at the same time. That has changed dramatically, as the number of Americans using both has plummeted. Instead, there has been substantial growth in the share of Americans using only a home printer or neither a home computer nor a home printer. This shift has played out differently among Gen Z and millennial Americans than among Gen X or Silent/Greatest generations.
This MetaFAQ reports on the number and percentage of Americans by their combination of use and non-use of home computers and home printers. These are split by generational age group.
The disparate growth paths of home PCs and home printers
- There has been a long-growing disconnect between the use of home PCs and home printers
- In the not-too-distant past, home PCs and home printers had been marketed and sold together
- Now, the two fastest-growing segments are American adults who either have a home printer and no home computer or have neither. Each group has grown from effectively zero in 2011 to almost 50 million each in 2023.
- The number of American adults with both a home computer and home printer has dropped below 100 million for the first time in more than a decade