94% of 15-29 year olds have a smartphone in 2021 according to INSEE

INSEE has just published a new study on French smartphone equipment. According to the institution’s statistics, 94% of 15-29 year olds have a smartphone in France. Of course, this figure decreases with age, but also with other factors such as standard of living, or location (in urban or rural areas).

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While the American firm AppAnnie has assured through a study that we spend more than 4 hours a day on our smartphones, INSEE has just published a new series of reports on the subject. More precisely, on the smartphone equipment of the French. First, we learn that the population is particularly well equipped: in 2021, more than 95% of people aged 15 and over declared having a smartphone: 77% own a smartphone, while 21% own a feature phone or other device.

Regarding the fixed line, 77% of French people have one in their household. Fact, INSEE finds that 99% of the French population is equipped with a telephone, whether mobile or landline. This implies that almost all French people are therefore reachable. Note, however, that these data differ greatly depending on several factors:

  • The smartphone ownership rate is growing drastically in urban units. Thus in Paris, the rate rises to 86% (compared to 70% outside the urban unit)
  • The rate of equipment also varies between the DOM-TOMs and Metropolitan France. In the overseas territories and departments, the smartphone ownership rate rises to 67% (compared to 77%)

Read also: The French buy their smartphone at an average price of 420 euros

The young and the most qualified remain the best equipped

Although a large majority of French people therefore own a mobile phone, a fixed line or an internet connection, this study nevertheless reminds us that 7% of the population has none of this. Another determining factor in the proportion of French people with smartphones: age and level of qualification.

Without surprise, young people between 15 and 29 represent the best equipped age group (99% own a mobile phone) while 80% of those aged 75 and over own a mobile phone and 36% only a smartphone. Regarding the level of education, the rate of mobile telephony equipment varies as follows:

  • 87% among non-graduates
  • 96% among lower degree holders
  • 98% from baccalaureate level

Regarding the rate of smartphone equipment, the differences are much greater. Indeed, the percentage varies between 53 and 92% between the least and the most qualified. Let’s conclude with a final meaningful figure: one in five people systematically filters or refuses calls. Like what, having a smartphone does not necessarily mean that we are available 24/7.

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