A third of American adults now own tablets, studyfinds
A new report from Pew Research Center released earlier today revealed that a third of American adults now own a tablet, further validating the notion that the portable devices are eating away at market share once owned by traditional computers. For comparison, only 18 percent of adults reportedly owned a tablet a year ago while only three percent of respondents owned a tablet in 2010.
Unlike smartphones that have become the norm regardless of income, tablets still remain a toy for the upper-class according to Pew. Demographics released with the report show that those living in households that earn at least $75,000 per year are more likely to own a slate than those with lower income brackets.
What’s more, adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are more likely to own a tablet versus age brackets of younger and older Americans. Finally, Pew found that tablet ownership is higher among college graduates than those that don’t have a college degree.
The research group found no statistically significant differences in tablet ownership between men and women or between members of different racial or ethnic groups. What they did find, however, is that parents are also more likely than those without children to own a tablet. 50 percent of parents with minor children still living at home owned a tablet versus 27 percent without kids.
Do you own a tablet, and if so, do you fall into the above demographics for ownership?
By Shawn Knight