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.
Apple home computers grew in usage during the pandemic only to shrink below pre-pandemic levels. The shape and composition of the active Apple home computer user base shifted away from historically advantaged and younger Americans.
This TUPdate looks at the profile of American adults who currently use a personally owned home Apple computer along several lines: the socioeconomic group they are part of, their life stage, employment status, and age.
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.
The Apple iPhone continues to be a product for upper socioeconomic groups, both active users as well as those aspiring to have newer iPhones. Traditionally advantaged groups have higher iPhone market penetration rates than those historically disadvantaged. During the pandemic, iPhone adoption faltered among disadvantaged groups, with 2022 showing a return to broadening penetration.
This TUPdate looks at the profile of American adults who currently use or intend to use an iPhone along several lines: the socioeconomic group they are part of, their life stage, employment status, and age.