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Upon entering college, my parents purchased me a new computer through the school. For a great deal, I got a brand new PC…my first own computer! As you can imagine, I was super excited. However, I sit in class (almost two years later) and I am surrounded by nothing but Macs. They are everywhere! Especially in my journalism classes, almost 90% of my peers own a Mac.

To be quite honest, I now wish I had a Mac. Although my PC is a durable and sturdy machine, I fear that I am not up to date with the rest of the world. The fact of the mater is that PC’s are slowly becoming less popular…and products such as smartphones, Macs, and Tablets applications are becoming more and more popular. Not only are they more technologically advanced, they are also part of a large trend…a trend which revolves around having the newest devices at the touch of your finger tips.  Thinking about it, I am pretty sure that almost everyone I know in college owns a smartphone. That being said, with an increase in these devices, the way in which we access the Internet is changing.

In a recent article published by CNN Money, a new study found that “Americans used smartphone and tablet apps more than PCs to access the Internet last month — the first time that has ever happened.”

http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/28/technology/mobile/mobile-apps-internet/index.html

“According to data from comScore, cited Thursday by research firm Enders Analysis, mobile devices accounted for 55% of Internet usage in the United States in January. Apps made up 47% of Internet traffic and 8% of traffic came from mobile browsers. PCs clocked in at only 45%.  In addition, as of January, 55% of American adults had smartphones, while 42% owned tablets, according to the Pew Research Center.”

mobile time spent

It goes without saying, with an increase in mobile devices, Macs, and Tablet applications…PC sales are substantially decreasing.

So the question remains…should individuals, such as students entering college, invest in PC’s when they are slowly phasing out?  On a personal note, I can say that my next computer purchase will probably be a Mac.

This study is one of many that portrays the quick popularity in new, advanced devices. In fact, Pew Research has recently released their latest data on internet usage and the devices that allow us to access the Internet.  The numbers are astonishing.

Here are some of the results:

Computer Use: In 1990, 42% of Americans used computers.  In 2014, over 81% of Americans use computers.

Computer use, 1990 - 2014

Cell Phone Ownership: In 2000, 53% of Americans owned a phone.  In 2014, over 90% of Americans own a phone.

Cell phone ownership, 2000 - 2014

Internet Use: In 1995, 14% of Americans used the Internet.  In 2014, 87% of Americans use the Internet.

Internet use, 1995 - 2014

With this information, and common knowledge, it is clear that our world is changing.  We are entering an age where success is driven by technology.  It is time to say good-bye to our old devices (such as my lovely Lenovo) and become acquainted with the newest devices…they run the show now!

http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/27/part-1-how-the-internet-has-woven-itself-into-american-life/

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