Live Wires: 35 percent of the U.S. adult population
This group is highly connected and tends to use technology to converse with others. They are the most likely group to say they use technology mainly to stay current with family and friends (69 percent). This group and Social Skimmers are most similar in device ownership – most own smartphones (68 percent) and many own tablets (38 percent) and web-enabled TVs (24 percent). This group is more likely to be employed full-time and in the Millennial age group.
: 6 percent of the U.S. adult population
This high connectivity group is marked by ownership of many devices, use of many social networking sites, large online social networks, and the frequent use of technology to connect with friends and family. Although highly connected, this group primarily uses new technology to receive information, rather than proactively engage with others. As such, two-thirds (66 percent) say they have first found out about a breaking news story on social media.
: 8 percent of the U.S. adult population
Lower in connectivity than the highly connected, this group uses technology selectively to create new content and tell others what they are doing, as opposed to commenting in a more conversational fashion or initiating new engagement. This group is the least likely to be on social media -- three in five (60 percent) say they do not use it. Instead, this group prefers to connect using their mobile phones and three in four (76 percent) say they primarily make and receive calls on their cell phone.
: 27 percent of the U.S. adult population
This group is the largest of the three low connectivity groups and its members primarily use technology to converse with others. This group chiefly owns desktop (64 percent) and laptop (54 percent) computers, and nearly a quarter (23 percent) use a smartphone. They are the most likely segment to say that they prefer in-person contact when communicating with friends (43 percent), but even for this less connected group, a majority prefers to connect with friends using technology (57 percent).