19 percent of U.S. adults who use the Internet now own a tablet, twice the number of adults who owned a tablet last year. The figures were provided in a new report from Forrester Research titled The State of Consumers and Technology: Benchmark 2012, US. The group found that consumers aged 24 to 32 are more likely to own a tablet than those aged between 33 and 46, but that those who own a tablet use them at work, home and everywhere in between.
The younger generation of tech users (aged 24 to 32, known as Gen Y), own more connected devices than any other age group, Forrester Research found. 70 percent of consumers in that group own a smartphone, 25 percent own a tablet and 81 percent own a laptop. Oddly, the firm didn’t distinguish what percentage own a desktop computer instead of a laptop, since we figure the number of PC owners should be much higher.
A majority of the “Golden Generation,” those older than 68, have a Facebook account (52%). That’s pretty stunning, considering that just 68 percent of all U.S. adults are also registered with Facebook. Still, 10 percent of U.S. consumers in this generation group own a tablet or a smartphone to access the Internet, and those who do use the device at home. A note to Amazon, Samsung, Apple and other tablet makers: there appears to be a huge opportunity for tablet sales in this age group.