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UK: smartphone ownership by age from 2012-2018

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Smartphone ownership by age in the UK 2012-2018 This statistic illustrates the penetration of smartphone ownership in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2013 to 2018, by age. In 2017, 95 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comes out, and the majority of smartphone owners report purchasing a new smartphone because their current device is out of date.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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This statistic illustrates the penetration of smartphone ownership in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2013 to 2018, by age. In 2017, 95 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comes out, and the majority of smartphone owners report purchasing a new smartphone because their current device is out of date.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
May 2016
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
2012 to 2018
Number of respondents
3,730*
Age group
16 years and older
Special properties
Mobile phone owners
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
* n (2012) = 3,772; n (2013) = 3,750; n (2014) = 3,740; n(2016) = 3,737; n(2017) = 3,743); n(2018) = 3,730
During the survey, this question was posed as follows: "Do you personally use a smartphone?"
**As of 2016, the source only provides four age groups with the oldest being 55+.

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