Millennials Stand Out for Their Technology Use, But Older Generations Also Embrace Digital Life

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Millennials have often led older Americans in their adoption and use of technology, and this largely holds true today. But there has been significant growth in tech adoption since 2012 among older generations—particularly Gen Xers and Baby Boomers.

More than nine-in-ten Millennials (93 percent of those who turn ages 23 to 38 this year) own smartphones, compared with 90 percent of Gen Xers (those ages 39 to 54 this year), 68 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 55 to 73) and 40 percent of the Silent Generation (74 to 91), according to a new analysis of a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults conducted in early 2019.

Similarly, the vast majority of Millennials (86 percent) say they use social media, compared with smaller shares among older generations. While the share of Millennials who say they use social media has remained largely unchanged since 2012, the shares of Gen Xers, Boomers and Silents who use social media all have increased by at least 10 percentage points during this period.

Unlike with smartphones and social media, tablet ownership is now comparable across most generations. Today, 55 percent of Gen Xers, 53 percent of Millennials and 52 percent of Boomers say they own tablets. A smaller share of Silents (33 percent) report owning tablets.

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