The most active users of printers are generations in the middle, even while overall printer penetration is higher among earlier generations. Older millennial Americans have the very highest share of those who print more than 100 pages per month. Socioeconomic groups with higher incomes, further educational attainment, or children in the household include some of the busiest printer users.
This MetaFAQ reports on the percentage of Americans printing 100 or more pages per month, split by generation and detailing penetration among many historically advantaged and disadvantaged socioeconomic groups. Report [TUP_doc_2024_0202_page] in TUP Lenses: Printers; User Profile
There are times when Gen Z Americans need to get something printed. They will find a way, even if they are economically challenged or so digital-first that having a printer is not top of mind. As compared to earlier generations, a much higher share of this generation relies on others for their printing. Many are the recipient of a home printer as a gift. When other Gen Z Americans print, they often rely on printers they or their employers do not own.
This MetaFAQ reports on the percentage of Americans who have a home printer that was received as a gift by generational group, and also the percentage who regularly use a public or other printer as their primary printer. Report [TUP_doc_2024_0201_pprt] in TUP Lenses: Printers; User Profile
The American home printer market is not monolithic, and there are, instead, differences in who uses home printers and how they use them. Some brands have targeted or attracted certain demographic groups. HP home printers, in particular, are being used by a higher-than-average share of older Americans and retirees, a group less penetrated by Canon. Brother and Epson have a higher-than-average share of college graduates or post-graduate users. Canon and Epson are used more often than average for printing photos and documents from tablets and mobile phones.
This MetaFAQ reports on the demographic profile of American home printer users, highlighting the distinct characteristics of Brother, Canon, Epson, and HP home printer users based on their age, gender, life stage, employment status, and educational attainment. It also identifies the unique printing activities for each major home printer brand. Report [TUP_doc_2024_0129_prep] in TUP Lenses: Printers; Activities; User Profile
Using a printer has a positive association with age; printer usage skews older across many countries, especially in the US and UK. One of the major factors is habit energy, as people with long experience continue to use their technology products and services in similar ways as they did in prior years. Younger adults who have grown up with mobile technology are accustomed to accessing documents and information with a device at hand, unlike the experience of older adults who have long relied on the printed word.
This MetaFAQs reports on the percentage of online adults that use a printer – employer-owned, home, or other – by country. Report [TUP_doc_2024_0103_agpr] in TUP Lenses: Printers; User Profile
Workers in smaller businesses are less likely to use a work printer than employees in larger firms. Worldwide, medium-sized firms have the highest rate of work printing, while in the US the rates are similar between medium-sized and large firms.
This MetaFAQ reports on the percentage of workers who actively use a work/self-employed printer, split by the size of the employer. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1220_wprt] in TUP Lenses: Printers; User Profile
The majority of online adults use a printer, regardless of their generational group. However, printer use has declined steadily since 2017, both in the percentage of adults regularly using a printer and in the average number of printers they use.
This MetaFAQs reports on the penetration rates and average number of printers used by online adults in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and China, split by generational age group. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1215_prpt] in TUP Lenses: Printers; User Profile
Printer activity has declined around the world – in the US, Germany, UK, Japan, and China – even as printers are an active part of the majority of online adults. Printing activities include printing documents, web pages, reports, presentations, personal records, and even recipes. However, it’s important to note that not all online adults are actively engaged in this practice. The extent of printer usage varies considerably from one country to another, and this variation carries substantial implications for both printer manufacturers and the suppliers of consumables like ink, toner, and paper.
To provide valuable insights into this trend, we present the TUP tables 410 PRxCOUNTRY from 2017 through 2023, which offer a comprehensive overview of printer usage among online adults in five key markets: the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, and China. This data encompasses the percentage of individuals in each country who have utilized a printer in the preceding 90 days, along with detailed information on the number of printers they have employed. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1210_prpt] in TUP Lenses: Printers
More employees in large companies use a work printer – Employees in larger companies are more likely to be actively using a work printer than employees with smaller employers. Somebody, somewhere, needs that paper printed. That the percentage would be higher among larger employers may seem at first to be a matter of company size. However, these TUP penetration statistics are based on responses per employee, not per employer. Active printing rates are also because larger companies tend to find it harder to change. Many are set in their ways, especially those adhering to defined procedures and practices. That’s not to suggest that printing on paper is a regressive practice. But, among many circles, it’s considered passé. Especially as digital transformation continues and a growing number of employees are using collaboration tools, paper forms and reports are facing downdrafts in usage.
This MetaFAQs reports on the percent of employees regularly using an employer-provided printer by the size of the employer. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1001_wpri] in TUP Lenses: Printers; User Profile
Printers have seen a decline in usage, but interestingly, specific generational cohorts show varied printer adoption rates. It’s essential to note that generations are defined by the era of their birth, not merely age. These cohorts share common experiences and often adopt behaviors influenced by peers born in the same timeframe, leading to distinct technological preferences and habits. The broader use of printers among the Boomer/Silent generations is more a reflection of deeply engrained habits than merely of age. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of printers actively used by online adults within generational age groups and country.
The world is shrinking, at least in terms of the share of adults using computers and printers. While both the computer and printer industries have enjoyed a growth-oriented mentality for decades, that orientation has slowed. Accepting this reality means that technology marketers need to orient towards replacement markets where users are focused on replacing or enhancing the technology they have. Also, it means that fewer users are first-time or new to technology. Instead, the base of users has experience that is deepening and lengthening. This MetaFAQs reports on the penetration of computers and printers among online adults in the US, Germany, UK, Japan, and China from 2021 through 2023. Report [TUP_doc_2023_0921_decl] in TUP Lenses: PCs; Printers