From 2014 to 2022, there’s been a noticeable shift in device usage among online Americans. Although overall computer usage declined from 89% to 70%, the usage of notebook computers remained steady. While desktop computer usage dropped from 74% to 45%, smartphone usage rose from 64% to 87%, signifying a consistent demand for mobile solutions. Interestingly, despite the surge in smartphone usage, notebook computers maintain their active presence. Generational changes in notebook usage also occurred, with boomers increasing their usage before and tapering after the pandemic, while the Silent + Greatest Generation raised their usage from 28% in 2014 to almost 40% before the pandemic, gently reducing it to 35% in 2022. Millennials maintained the highest usage rates nearly every year.
On a global scale, Apple has the largest share in the active home notebook base, followed by HP and Lenovo. In the U.S., Apple again leads the pack with the highest share. The average age of home notebook users skews slightly older than the average online adult, with Japan hosting the oldest users. Gen Z adults show the lowest usage rate across the U.S., Germany, U.K., and Japan, with most home notebook users falling into the millennial, Gen X, or boomers/Silent generations. Regarding brand and age, Apple has the youngest users globally, while HP has the oldest. Moreover, brands have no significant effect on home notebook activities, with the top three activities being identical across all major brands.
This TUPdate looks at the penetration levels of notebooks/laptops from 2014 to 2022 as well as smartphones and other computer form factors. It profiles users of home notebook/laptop users by their demographics, purchase recency, and activities.
Home notebooks became a darling of the pandemic as many Americans began working at home. After a surge, market penetration rates have dropped to pre-pandemic levels or below.
Historically disadvantaged groups have had the furthest retreat from regular home notebook use.
Looking ahead, the strongest purchase intentions are among older Adults – Millennials and Gen X. Fewer Gen Z adults are embracing computers, whether fixed or mobile, and Boomers are sticking with the ones they already have.
This TUPdate looks at the profile of American adults who currently use or intend to use a personally owned home notebook/laptop along several lines: the socioeconomic group they are part of, their life stage, employment status, and age.
With increasing hybrid and remote work possibilities for many, getting a system upgrade seems to be the next inevitable step. So, who’s getting the newest computers? 14% of all online Americans, numbering 29.9 million, recently acquired a computer. This MetaFAQs profiles those with a new computer by several critical demographic and behavioral factors distinctive from the average American online adult: age and gender; employment status; household composition; household size; life stage (age, employment status, presence of children); employment status; and technology ecosystem involvement. Report [TUP_doc_2022_0801_new_] in TUP Lenses: Devices, PCs, User Profile.
The pandemic brought with it a lot of changes to how Americans live and work. Many had to adjust to working from home for the first time, and this often meant a new need for tech—especially home PCs. 56.4 million Americans—26% of all online American adults—bought a home PC during the pandemic. This MetaFAQs profiles those who bought a home PC during the pandemic by several critical demographic and behavioral factors distinctive from the average American online adult: age and gender; employment status; presence of children; household size; life stage (age, employment status, presence of children); number of home PCs; work from home status (current, expected, and before the pandemic); and
brand of home PC. Report [TUP_doc_2022_0506_pand] in TUP Lenses: Work/Life Balance, PCs.