Trends Indicate Desktop Use Decreasing, Smartphone Use Increasing

The smartphone is arguably the single most revolutionary piece of technology developed in the 21st century, and it has completely changed the way that we interact with the world around us. With more and more people using smartphones every day, it’s not hard to imagine a future where pretty much everyone has a smartphone, especially with the rise of far more affordable smartphones that still have a fair amount of power in them that allows them to function as properly as they need to.

If you ask around, most people would say that they hardly ever use their laptop computers anymore. Instead they just do stuff on their smartphones since they are becoming more powerful with each passing year or indeed month. However, what does the actual data say? Are people actually using smartphones more than they use their personal computers?

Well, if you look at how we engage with digital media, about seventy percent of this is done on a smartphone rather than any other kind of computer, i.e according to ComScore data. Most of this involves using an app of some kind, coming up to 63% of all usage. 7% is done using smartphone web, which is a decidedly old school way to use a smartphone but is still valid.

Mobile apps on smartphones still dominate time spent with digital media in the U.S. - chart

In the past two years, the percentage of digital media usage on desktop computers went from 35% to 23%. People are definitely using desktop computers far less often than they used to, and this means that the trend will probably continue. We are already seeing PC sales starting to decrease, and smartphone sales seem to just get higher and higher each year. It’s very possible that at some point you would end up living in a world where only smartphones are used and desktop computers as well as laptop computers are pretty much nowhere to be seen!

There is strong mobile use across U.S. generations

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