Pew Study Shows Digital Age Divide

A new Pew Research Center study shows a significant age divide in the use of smart phones to access Internet video.

Three-quarters of younger smartphone owners (75%) indicated using their device to watch videos at least once during a one-week study period, compared with 46% of those 30-49 and only 31% of those 50-plus in the same time period.

Overall, half the smartphone users surveyed, of all ages, said they used their phones to watch video at least once a week, though that was trumped by the number of respondents who used their devices for texting (97%), surfing the Internet (89%), emailing (88%), social networking (75%), taking photos or video (60%), and even making phone calls (92%).

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.