How many gadgets do we own, anyway? The average teen has 3.5, according to figures compiled in September by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and provided to The Associated Press. Adults between 18 and 29 averaged nearly four gadgets, those between 30 and 64 just under three.
"Every new device is an investment in time," says Marchenese, 36. "The whole power of the device is that you can set up all these apps -- but that doesn't happen by itself. And if you're not going to make the most of it, why have it?"
That's all part of a general feeling of conflict many have about their devices, says Lee Rainie, director of Pew's Internet project. A December 2007 study, he says, showed that "Lots of people have conflicted views about their gadgets. On the one hand they can be expensive and time-consuming ... on the other hand they help people navigate their social and information worlds and can make life easier or more exciting."Read More