UK: smartphone ownership by age from 2012-2017

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This statistic illustrates the penetration of smartphone ownership in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2013 to 2017, by age. In 2017, 96 percent of respondents aged between 16 and 24 reported owning a smartphone. Smartphones are mobile phones that contain an operating system with features of a personal computer. In the late 2000s smartphones started to become much more wide spread. The technological advances that have been made since then are impressive to say the least. New features are available with every new smartphone model that comes out, and the majority of smartphone owners report purchasing a new smartphone because their current device is out of date.
Although smartphones have brought the power of information to the general population at their fingertips, they have also brought some negative effects with them. Accidents while driving have been on the rise, although the vast majority of motorists believe it is unacceptable to even take a short look at a phone while driving.
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Release date
August 2017
United Kingdom
Survey time period
2012 to 2017
Number of respondents
Age group
16 years and older
Special properties
Smartphone owners
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
* n (2012) = 3,772; n (2013) = 3,750; n (2014) = 3,740; n(2016) = 3,737
*16-24 n = 512, 25-34 n = 544, 35-54 n = 1202, 55+ n = 1485 (for 2017)
During the survey, this question was posed as follows: "Do you personally use a smartphone?"
**Starting 2016 the source only gives 4 age groups with the oldest being 55+.

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