Workplace Slideshow: Forrester: Tech Generation Gap Grows

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-12-2010

Forrester: Tech Generation Gap Grows

Life Before MobileGeneration Y doesn't remember a social life without a mobile phone, according to Forrester.

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Social NetworkingNearly two thirds of Generation Y respondents keep or regularly update a social networking profile.

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E-mail, TextingApproximately 90 percent of Generation Y communicates via e-mail, while 85 percent of this cohort sends or receives text messages every month.

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We're All MobileMore than eight in 10 (82 percent) U.S. adults have at least one mobile phone; 88 percent of Generation X and Generation Y own a mobile phone.

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Where Are the Smartphones?Yet, only 17 percent of all U.S. adults have a smartphone.

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Where Are the Smartphones?Approximately 23 percent of both Generation Y and Generation X own a smartphone.

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Where Are the Smartphones?Baby Boomers are approximately half as likely to own a smartphone as a Generation Y or Generation X user.

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Mobile E-mailTen percent of Generation Y send or receive work E-mail from a mobile device, and 12 percent of Generation X do so.

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Mobile E-mailEight percent of younger Baby Boomers and 6 percent of older Baby Boomers use a mobile device for work e-mail.

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Texting DisconnectMore than eight in 10 (85 percent) of Generation Y send or receive text messages; only 53 percent of younger Baby Boomers and 34% of older Baby Boomers do so.

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Security Less than half (47 percent) of adults said they scan their computers for viruses, spyware, or adware.

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Security Slightly more than a quarter (27 percent) of adults say they back up their computer data.

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