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Smartphone penetration in France 2019, by age group

As of 2019, more than eight in ten French teenagers aged 12 to 17 years old possessed a smartphone, whereas more than 90 percent of respondents between 18 and 39 years old had one. Moreover, the share of seniors aged 55 years and older using a smartphone has been increasing since 2012: from 16 percent up to 44 percent in 2018, furthering the widespread use of smartphones across society.  

Smartphone habits in France

Being the most used mobile devices for telephony, messaging and internet access, smartphones are present in most aspects of everyday life. Besides usual mobile phone use, French surveyed declared using their smartphone for search engines as well as visiting social networks or watching online videos at least once a week. On the other hand, almost half of respondents aged from 18 to 34 years old considered themselves addicted to their digital devices . 

Smartphone as an essential part of younger generations’ life

For a broad majority of French teenagers, having a smartphone appears to be an important part of their friendly life: half of them declared that It was a must to maintain friendly relationships. Furthermore, more than half of French 12-to 17-year-olds owning a smartphone also had an account on social media like Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram.   

Smartphone penetration in France in 2019, by age group

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

June 2019

Number of respondents

2,259 respondents

Age group

12 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

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