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Americans' digital use reaches tipping point

Data: eMarketer, April 2018; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

A new Pew Research Center study out Sunday found that the percentage of Americans that do various media activities, like use social media or the internet has plateaued. Those forecasts mimic those of eMarketer (above) which has found a similar pattern.

Why it matters: The reason the percentage growth of usage of technologies like mobile, internet and social media is declining is because those technologies have reached a saturation point in the U.S.

Special report: The next tech wave rides on 5G

Illustration: Sarah Grillo, Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The next generation of mobile networks will make or break the big tech ideas of the future, allowing each one to be field-tested at scale and checked off as a revolution or a dud.

Why it matters: Autonomous vehicles, smart homes, smart cities, "Internet of Things" devices, virtual and augmented reality — 5G will carry this raft of new technologies out of the labs and into our streets and homes, weaving the internet into the fabric of daily life.