Are most hearables being used by young males? (MetaFAQs)

Wireless headsets have been available for more than a decade, and are strongest among two age and gender groups. These hearables-active groups are also have above-average shares of VR Headset early adopters.metafacts-metafaqs-mq0100-120drxhear-2017-02-13_08-31-37

The strongest segments for active hearables use include younger males – age 18-44 and youngish females – age 25-34. Penetration is above one in four among males 25-34 (27%) and among males age 35-44 (26%). Among females, hearables usage peaks among females age 25-34, at 15%.

Looking ahead, we expect these same age & gender groups to continue as the strongest users of hearables, and don’t expect other segments to be as keen on hearables.

These age & gender segments are in some of the most-active life stages, with the highest levels of presence of children, full-time employment and household income. These sociological factors correlate strongly with higher demand for home entertainment, game-playing, and streaming music listening. Also, they are the strongest age & gender segments in tech spending for devices and services.

These age & gender segments are also above-average in their use of voice assistants such as Apple Siri or Microsoft Cortana, and hearables help to use these with the greatest of convenience.metafacts-metafaqs-mq0100-120drxhear-2017-02-13_10-11-10

In other words, many of these youngish adults are looking for a way to listen to what they choose to listen to, and for a way to be heard, if not by friends or associates, at least by their own digital assistants.

Source

This is based on our most recent research among 7,336 US adults as part of the Technology User Profile (TUP) 2016 survey.

This MetaFAQs research result addresses one of the many questions profiling active technology users.

Many other related research answers are part of the TUP service, available to paid subscribers. The TUP sections with the most information about hearables and age skews are the TUP 2016 Wearable Technology Section in the Consumer Electronics Chapter, and Age Ranges Section in the User Profile Chapter.
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Related Resources

  • Chapter D – Devices
    • Section D2–DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices
  • Chapter I – Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking
    • Section I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity
    • Section I3-VOICEASST/Voice Assistance
  • Chapter A – User Profile
    • Section A4-AGE/Age Ranges
    • Section A5-EMPSIZE/Employer Size
  • Chapter L – Activities
    • Section L3-ACTCOMM/Communications
  • Chapter: M Consumer Electronics
    • Section MU-MUSIC/Music Players, Services, or Listening

Related MetaFAQs

MetaFAQ_Num Question Cross-Reference
mq0038 Who uses their Smartphone as their primary connected device? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [120 DRxDEV_PRIM] Respondent Demographics
mq0047 Is there an age skew for using VR Headsets? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A4-AGE/Age Ranges  Tables: [480 CExAGE] Consumer Electronics
mq0054 What is the profile of the most active users of communication activities? Chapter: L Activities  Section: L3-ACTCOMM/Communications  Tables: [120 DRxACTCOMM] Respondent Demographics
mq0058 What are the major Smartphone listening activities? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity  Tables: [700 ACT_SPxHEAR] Smartphone Activities
mq0099 How many Connected Adults use any Hearables devices, such as Wireless Bluetooth Headsets or VR Goggles? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity  Tables: [120 DRxHEAR] Respondent Demographics
mq0101 Are Hearables users much younger than the average Connected Adult? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity  Tables: [120 DRxHEAR] Respondent Demographics
mq0103 How much are Hearables part of a Mobile lifestyle? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxHEAR] Key Device Metrics
mq0106 Are hearables used more often than average by those using Game Consoles? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity  Tables: [405 GAMExHEAR] Game Consoles
mq0107 Are those using Hearables especially active using their Connected Devices for communication activities? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity  Tables: [570 ACT_COMMxHEAR] Communication Activities
mq0108 Which communication activities are used more than average among Bluetooth headset users? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity  Tables: [570 ACT_COMMxHEAR] Communication Activities
mq0110 Do wireless Bluetooth Headset wearers spend much more than the average Connected Adult on tech devices? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity  Tables: [790 SPENDxHEAR] Tech Spending
mq0111 Do wireless Bluetooth Headset wearers spend much more than the average Connected Adult on music and other content for their digital devices? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I2-HEAR/Hearables and Listening Activity  Tables: [790 SPENDxHEAR] Tech Spending
mq0211 How many employees use voice assistants such as Apple Siri or Microsoft Cortana with their Smartphones? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A5-EMPSIZE/Employer Size  Tables: [600 ACT_SRCHxEMPSIZE] Information/Search Activities
mq0231 What are employees’ communication activities with their Smartphones? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A5-EMPSIZE/Employer Size  Tables: [700 ACT_SPxEMPSIZE] Smartphone Activities
mq0304 Is there an age gap between those who communicate primarily with their Smartphones, Tower Desktops, Notebooks, and Tablets? Chapter: L Activities  Section: L3-ACTCOMM/Communications  Tables: [120 DRxACTCOMM] Respondent Demographics
mq0449 Is there an age skew for Mobile computing devices? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A4-AGE/Age Ranges  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxAGE] Key Device Metrics
mq0460 Is there an age or gender skew to connected music listening? Chapter: M Consumer Electronics  Section: MU-MUSIC/Music Players, Services, or Listening  Tables: [120 DRxMUSIC] Respondent Demographics
mq0521 Do users of music services spend much more on digital content (including music) than the average Connected Adult? Chapter: M Consumer Electronics  Section: MU-MUSIC/Music Players, Services, or Listening  Tables: [790 SPENDxMUSIC] Tech Spending
mq0689 Is there an age skew for Voice Assistant users? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I3-VOICEASST/Voice Assistance  Tables: [120 DRxVOICEASST] Respondent Demographics
mq0703 Do users of VR headsets use voice assistants at a higher than average rate? Chapter: I Wearables, Hearables, Listening & Speaking  Section: I3-VOICEASST/Voice Assistance  Tables: [480 CExVOICEASST] Consumer Electronics

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