byodIt’s been called “A disaster waiting to happen” or even “A Way to Put an End to IT Communism“. But whatever your position or whatever you call it, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon has been sweeping the workplace. A recent CompTIA survey of 700 office workers gives us a better sense of who is actually connecting their personal devices to corporate networks.

It’s no surprise that BYOD is most commonly practiced by employees in their 20s or 30s. The study finds healthy representation among workers at all age levels:

  • 61% of workers in their 20s
  • 59% of workers in their 30s
  • 46% of workers in their 40s
  • 33% of workers in their 50s
  • 32% of workers in their 60s

“Taken in the aggregate, there’s a near-even split of all workers that incorporated personal tech into work and those that do now,” the report authors wrote. “Looking more closely at the demographic breakdowns, however, it’s abundantly clear that this practice is far more prevalent, and presumably valued, by younger workers.”

Other notable findings of the study:

  • A majority of GenY employees expect unlimited access to social media at work
  • 74% of GenY employees used a smartphone for work purposes in 2012
  • 75% of job seeking males between age 20-49 consider the technology environment of a company when deciding whether to work there

So like it or not, BYOD doesn’t seem to be an issue that can be ignored. It seems that it’s just the tip of the iceberg…