Adults in larger households worldwide use more devices than those in smaller households, a trend that has been established for years. Even as people are using fewer devices, those with more people in their households continue to use more devices than the adults in smaller households. One key factor influencing a higher usage profile is the presence of children, especially school-aged kids. Also, many smaller households are composed of older adults or those not employed outside of the household. All of these are contributing factors towards the greater use of technology devices and services.
This MetaFAQ reports on the average (mean) number of devices actively used (phones, computers, tablets) by adults by household size and country. Report [TUP_doc_2024_0217_many] in TUP Lenses: User Profile; Households
Americans and Germans in larger households tend to have newer devices than those in smaller households, a trend that has been forming since 2019. For example, the average age of an American adult’s primary device in households with four or more people is 1.7 years, a full year newer than the age in 2018. Similarly, among adults in larger households in Germany, the current device age is 1.9 years versus three years in 2018. There’s less difference in the UK, Japan, and China.
This MetaFAQ reports on the average (mean) age of the primary device in active use – smartphone, feature phone, computer, tablet, or game console. The averages are split by country and household size. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1222_famt] in TUP Lenses: Devices; User Profile; Households
Americans and Germans who live alone or with just one other person tend to have older devices compared to those in bigger households. For instance, 41% of Americans in households with four or more people got their main device in the last year. This is more than the 28% of Americans in smaller households of one or two people. This trend also holds true in Germany. But in the UK, Japan, and China, there’s less of a difference.
One factor behind this is that larger households often have kids. Having children in the household is linked to using technology more actively and being more open to new tech products and services. This MetaFAQs is based on TUP 2023 results.
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.
Fun is a major pastime for most, but not all, American adults using connected devices. Whether they use a game console, gaming PC, regular computer, tablet, or mobile phone, most Americans regularly play immersive or other games.
This TUPdate briefly profiles Americans who regularly play immersive/video or other games, detailing their age, gender, employment status, presence of children, life stage, and use of game-specific devices such as a VR headset.
Since 2018 and through the pandemic, fewer online Americans have been using computers, game consoles, feature phones, and tablets. Smartphones, already near saturation levels, have continued to increase market penetration.
Is the smartphone headed towards being the last device standing, or is there some other device combination that is more widely used?
This TUPdate looks at the market penetration of key devices – computers, smartphones, feature phones, game consoles, and tablets – among American adults. Beyond their overall penetration rates, this analysis dives deeper into identifying the device combinations used by three of four American adults, and profiling who uses them.
Fewer Americans actively use a home computer than in 2018 before the pandemic. With each passing year, Americans in nearly every sociodemographic group have reduced their active use of a home computer. Purchase intentions, however, have foretold of a potential market composition shift with a resurgence of interest among some of the groups with the lowest usage rates.
This TUPdate looks at the profile of American adults who currently use a personally owned home computer along several lines: the socioeconomic group they are part of, their life stage, employment status, and age.
American adults actively using game consoles are not all young males, even while this group dominates. Many are employed full-time or part-time and raising families. Game consoles are just one device they use for fun.
This MetaFAQs profiles active adult users of game consoles by age, gender, life stage, and employment status. It also reports on the penetration of game consoles among users of other devices for play – VR headsets, gaming computers, and everyday computers, smartphones, and tablets.
The active use of home desktop computers has declined during the pandemic. The largest group of users are older Americans or not employed outside the household. That may change soon. Purchase plans show strong interest growth among younger adults – those with the lowest active usage rates.
This TUPdate looks at the profile of American adults who currently use and plan to purchase a home desktop computer along several lines: traditionally advantaged and disadvantaged socioeconomic groups, life stage, employment status, and age.
Sweeping user shifts may be ahead for home tablets. Usage rates have been dropping since 2018 across most market groups. The strongest interest in purchasing a home tablet is among a very different set of Americans than are currently using them. Purchase plans point to a younger user profile, especially those employed and with children.
This MetaFAQs profiles active adult users of home tablets by age, gender, life stage, and employment status. The sociodemographic analysis includes traditionally advantaged and disadvantage groups. It also reports on those who are planning to buy a home tablet.