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Americans More Digitally Connected than Ever

Most now live with smartphones and other devices

Influence Magazine on June 26, 2017

For the first time, more than half of U.S. households contain a cellphone but no landline, according to a recent report from Pew Research Center.

More than 8 in 10 households (84 percent) contain at least one smartphone, and 90 percent of households contain at least one connected device (smartphone, desktop or laptop computer, tablet, or streaming media device, such as Roku).

Nearly all U.S. adults ages 18 to 29 (96 percent) live in a household with at least one smartphone, and 51 percent have three or more smartphones at home. These young adults have a median number of six connected devices at home. Respondents ages 30 to 49 also live with a median number of six connected devices, and those ages 50 to 64 aren’t far behind, with a median of five devices.

Additionally, Pew categorizes 18 percent of American households as hyper-connected — meaning they have 10 or more connected devices.

Church leaders could view this surge in technology as an opportunity for spreading the gospel. After all, Barna Group reported in 2014 that among adults who increased their Bible reading the previous year, 26 percent said they did so as the result of downloading a Bible app onto a smartphone or tablet. Another 12 percent said they spent more time in Scripture after listening to podcasts or streaming church services.
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