*Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) Roberts received assistance from master’s student Troy Herring.
While nearly every part of the computer industry has changed dramatically during the past decade, one vital statistic has returned to where it was—desktop and laptop ownership rates. The Pew Research Center (2015) says 73% of American adults owned a computer in 2015, the same percentage as 2005.
As ownership rates peaked at 80% in 2012, the value of sales of conventional desktops and laptops also has peaked. Smaller forms of computers are replacing desktops and laptops, and bigger machines are being replaced ...