Pew Internet: College Students, Phones, Internet & Social Networking

Pew Internet has another fascinating report based on a recent survey looking at how college students use technology.

College students and technology

Undergraduate students, graduate students and community college students had the highest percentages of cell phone ownership (96%, 99%, 94% respectively) when compared to adults of all ages (82%) and non-students in the 18 to 24 year age range (89%). Tablet ownership, on the other hand, was able the same for all groups (5%, 5%, 4% for the three student groups) and 4% for both adults of all ages and non-student young adults. Ebook reader ownership was about the same (4 to 5%) for all adults, non-students and community college students. However, ebook reader ownership is higher for both undergraduages (9%) and graduate students (7%).

Internet and email use on cell phones was high across the board for young people (18-24) regardless of whether they were in school or not (60+%). Only (relatively speaking) 41% of adults access the Internet and email on their phone.

Social networking site use was highest for non-students in the 18 to 24 age group (88%). However, undergraduates, graduate students and community college students were not far behind (86%, 82%, 78%).