Gadgets and the generations that own them.

We often talk about who uses what technology and make all sorts of assumptions. We have many different types of technology devices that have become ubiquitous with living and working in today’s world. We would all agree that the majority now own cell phones, laptops and desktop computers

There are, however, organisations that seek to find more about the reported trends.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project, is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.

After surveying 3,001 American adults (ages 18 and older) in September 2010, the Pew Internet & American Life Project has taken the results and created a new infographic. The infographic  below that shows what gadgets different generations have indicated they own (and by extension) use.

Not surprisingly younger adults are increasingly interested in mobility, preferring laptops to desktops and using their cell phones for a variety of functions, including internet, email, music, games, and video. What does this mean to education. How much and how rapidly are schools changing to meet this trend of mobility or is it scaring the education authorities because it is harder to control these devices?

The use of e-readers is still very small across the board but increasingly it is showing up on book buying sites as a major component in sales. I wonder how what the numbers would show in 12 months time.

You can find more information, including gadget ownership trends over time by going to the main report, “Generations and their gadgets.”


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