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The Generational Gadget Divide

ASSOCIATIONS NOW, June 2011 Intelligence

Summary: A new survey shows which age groups favor new forms of technology.

Cell phones, computers, MP3 players, and e-readers are used by members of every generation. A recent Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project survey, "Generations and Their Gadgets," asked 3,000 people whether or not they owned a number of devices. Here's a snapshot of the findings.

Percentage of Generation Owning Each Device

Millenials
(18-34)
Gen X
(35-46)
Younger Boomers
(47-56)
Older Boomers
(57-65)
Silent Generation
(66-74)
G.I. Generation
(75 plus)
All adults
Cell phone
95
92
86
84
68
48
85
Desktop computer
57
69
65
64
48
28
59
Laptop
70
61
49
43
30
10
52
iPod/MP3 player
74
56
42
26
16
3
47
Game console
63
63
38
19
8
3
42
E-book reader
5
5
7
3
6
2
5
Tablet
5
5
4
3
1
1
4
None of These
1
3
8
8
20
43
9
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