Americans definitely like their technology mobile. Cellphones are the US’s most popular gadget, according to a just-released study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, with 85% of Americans 18+ and 75% of US teens owning one. Among all the gadgets covered in the Pew survey, the desktop computer was the only non-mobile one. It came in second, with 59% of US adults owning one, but with laptops closing in at 52%. Music players and gaming consoles aren’t far behind, though, at 47% and 42%, respectively. Only about 5% of US adults own e-book readers and tablet. “Eight in ten American adults (78%) own two or more of these devices, and the median adult owns three of the seven gadgets we asked about in our survey,” Pew says. Age is a big factor, it added. The typical adult under 45 has four of the above devices, while the typical 55-to-64-year-old has tow of them. Americans 65+ own just one of those devices.
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