U.S.: Share of Teenagers with Computer Access, by age
Age bracketShare of teenagers,
in %
  • Region: United States
  • Time period: Sep 26 to Oct 23, 2023
  • Published: Jan 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Increase in Computer Access with Age

Computer access among U.S. teenagers rises significantly with age, from 86% in the 13-14 age bracket to 92% in the 15-17 age bracket. This 6% increase underscores the growing independence and academic needs that come with advancing towards late adolescence.

High Overall Access

Overall, the data indicates that a very high percentage of U.S. teenagers have access to a computer. Specifically, 89% (average of the two age groups) of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 have computer access, highlighting the widespread availability of digital tools for educational and personal use among this demographic.

Digital Divide by Age

The 6% difference in computer access between the 13-14 and 15-17 age groups may reflect a digital divide that could impact younger teenagers’ ability to engage with digital learning resources, online homework, and social networking, which are increasingly important for both academic and social development.

Implications for Education Policy

With 92% of older teenagers (15-17) having access to computers, there is an implication for education policy to focus on the 8% who lack access. This gap represents a critical area for intervention to ensure equitable access to digital education resources and tools, crucial for academic success and future opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does computer access vary among U.S. teenagers?

Computer access among U.S. teenagers increases from 86% for 13-14 year-olds to 92% for 15-17 year-olds, a 6% increase.

What percentage of U.S. teenagers have access to a computer overall?

Overall, 89% of U.S. teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 have access to a computer.

Terms and Definitions

Teenagers refer to individuals who fall within the age range from 13 to 19 years old. They are in the phase of life known as adolescence, a transitional stage of physical and mental development that happens between childhood and adulthood.

Computer Access refers to the ability to utilize computer technology and services. This generally relates to having the necessary equipment (a computer or similar device), the skills to use it, and the availability of internet connection for online services.

Digital Divide is a term that refers to the gap between those who have ready access to computers and the internet, and those who do not. A divide may exist for various socio-economic reasons such as income, education, or geographical location.
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