Young adults aged 18 to 30 years old now prefer smartphones over laptops, according to a survey conducted by the research unit of tech giant Cisco. The California-based company surveyed 1,800 university students online across 18 countries, with 100 respondents per country, and asked the question, “If you had to choose just one device to own, which would it be?”
The research reveals that in four countries – including the U.S. – the smartphone was preferred by the respondents, while in the remaining 14 countries, the laptop was preferred over the smartphone but only by a small margin. On a whole, thirty-seven percent of the respondents preferred laptops, while smartphones came in second at 32%. Tablets came in last at 11% while desktop computers followed smartphones at 16%.
Experts at Cisco attribute the popularity of the smartphone to its convenience, and constantly evolving technology which keeps users connected. However, not all countries showed that the powerful handheld mobile devices are reigning. In Poland, only 11% of the respondents preferred the smartphone.