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What is the penetration of home-owned computing devices? (MetaFAQs)

Mobile phones dominate home-owned connected devices as the ones used by the greatest number of U.S. adults. As of our MetaFacts TUP 2016 US survey, 87% of U.S. adults used a smartphone or basic cell phone that was home-owned. Slightly trailing mobile phones, 81% of adults use a home PC. Media tablets are a distant third place, at 63% of U.S. adults.

MetaFacts defines home-owned devices as those which were acquired with personal funds. As released in our other MetaFacts TUP research, a substantial share of U.S. adults also use employer-provided, self-employment, school-owned, public, or other devices which are owned by someone other than themselves.metafacts-mq0137-250-dev_key-2017-02-22_09-32-36

Within mobile phones, home-owned smartphones outnumber home-owned basic cell phones, with nearly two-thirds (72%) of U.S. adults using a smartphone and just over one-fourth (27%) using a basic cell phone.

Among home PCs, desktops and Microsoft Windows PCs dominate. Home notebooks have grown to reach almost half (49%) of U.S. adults. Although the tech-savvy consider Windows XP and Vista PCs to be passé and even dangerously unprotected from malware, 4% of U.S. adults are still actively using Home PCs with these operating systems. While adoption of tech products can often be rapid, retirement of older technology from the active installed base can take much longer than many may expect.

Among home media tablets, tablets such as Apple’s iPad have higher penetration than e-Book Readers such as Amazon’s Kindles.

Looking ahead, we expect slowing growth rates for PCs, mobile, phones, and tablets as happens when penetration approaches market saturation. Certain life stage market segments are likely to keep their basic cell phones active for years, partly delaying a shift due to perceptions of smartphones being complex or expensive, and partly due to simple inertia. This will further reinforce smartphones as being a replacement market. Home PC penetration rates have not declined measurably as an increasing number of customers switch between desktops, notebooks or convertibles, and newer all-in-one form factors. The penetration of tablets, while recently tapering, may see a resurgence should a broader class of tech users discover that they can do enough of their preferred activities on tablets. We expect the majority of home tablet users to be from within those who are already using smartphones and PCs.

Source

This MetaFAQ #mq0137 is based on TUP 2016 US table 250 DEV_KEYxLIFE – 2016 Key Devices by Life Stage . 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 home device penetration are the Technology User Profile Chapter and the Devices Chapter.

These MetaFAQs are brought to you by MetaFacts, based on research results from their most-recent wave of Technology User Profile (TUP). For more information about MetaFacts and subscribing to TUP, please contact MetaFacts.

Related Resources

  • Chapter A User Profile
    • Section: A1-OV/Overview
    • Section: A2-DE/Demographic Overview
    • Section: A3-LIFE/Life Stage
    • Section: A4-AGE/Age Ranges
    • Section: A9-AGEGEN/Age, Gender
  • Chapter D Devices
    • Section: D1-COMBO/Device Combinations
    • Section: D3-DEV_ECO/Device OS Ecosystems
    • Section: D6-KEY_DEV_OS/Key Devices by OS
  • Chapter E PCs
    • Section: E2-HFPC/Home Family PCs

Related MetaFAQs

 

MetaFAQ Question Cross-Reference
mq0037 What is the average number of Printers used by Home PC users? Chapter: E PCs  Section: E2-HFPC/Home Family PCs  Tables: [410 PRxHFPC] Printers
mq0039 Who owns the printers millennials use at a higher rate than average? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A9-AGEGEN/Age, Gender  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxAGEGEN] Key Device Metrics
mq0063 Who are the Apple-only users? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D3-DEV_ECO/Device OS Ecosystems  Tables: [120 DRxDEV_ECO] Respondent Demographics
mq0091 What is the percent of Home PC users that use printers? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A3-LIFE/Life Stage  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxLIFE] Key Device Metrics
mq0213 How does the penetration of OS Ecosystems vary by device type? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D3-DEV_ECO/Device OS Ecosystems  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxDEV_ECO] Key Device Metrics
mq0218 Is there an age skew for Windows 7 Home PCs? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A4-AGE/Age Ranges  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxAGE] Key Device Metrics
mq0220 Is there an age skew for Apple iPads? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A4-AGE/Age Ranges  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxAGE] Key Device Metrics
mq0236 What is the average number of Home PCs being used? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A3-LIFE/Life Stage  Tables: [490 UNITSxLIFE] Units
mq0237 What is the average number of Home Tablets being used? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A3-LIFE/Life Stage  Tables: [490 UNITSxLIFE] Units
mq0254 Are Smartphone users more or less likely to be using a Tablet PC? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [340 TABxOV] Tablet PCs
mq0257 Which Life Stage segment spends the most on tech devices and services? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A3-LIFE/Life Stage  Tables: [790 SPENDxLIFE] Tech Spending
mq0345 Are older or younger employees more likely to use Desktop PCs? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [150 USAGExOV] Usage Profile
mq0365 What is the mix of devices that people actively use? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [150 USAGExOV] Usage Profile
mq0473 Which are the leading OS for actively-used Home PCs? Chapter: E PCs  Section: E2-HFPC/Home Family PCs  Tables: [830 HPCxHFPC] Home PCs
mq0507 Which age group has the highest usage of Notebook PCs? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A2-DE/Demographic Overview  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxDE] Key Device Metrics
mq0569 How do the 1st and 2nd-most popular combination of devices compare in average number of devices? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D1-COMBO/Device Combinations  Tables: [490 UNITSxCOMBO] Units
mq0588 How many Home PCs were acquired Used/Refurbished? Chapter: E PCs  Section: E2-HFPC/Home Family PCs  Tables: [830 HPCxHFPC] Home PCs
mq0643 Which segments use the most connected devices? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [490 UNITSxOV] Units
mq0674 How many adults use a Windows device? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D3-DEV_ECO/Device OS Ecosystems  Tables: [120 DRxDEV_ECO] Universe-Online Adults
mq0676 How many adults use a Smartphone using Apple iOS, Google Android, or Windows? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D6-KEY_DEV_OS/Key Devices by OS  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxKEY_DEV_OS] Key Device Metrics
mq0677 How many adults use a Tablet using Apple iOS, Google Android, or Windows? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D6-KEY_DEV_OS/Key Devices by OS  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxKEY_DEV_OS] Key Device Metrics

 

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Tablet-First. Is it a thing? (TUPdate)

Tablet-First. Is it a thing? – a TUPdate by Dan Ness, February 17, 2017

Which comes first – Smartphone? Tablet? Notebook? For a small and steadily growing segment, the tablet comes first as the primary connected device.

Over the last three years, the share of connected adults using a tablet as their primary device has expanded. In our 2014 wave of TUP, we found that 6% of adults were using a tablet as their primary device – before a PC, mobile phone, or game console. In TUP 2015, the Tablet-First rate had grown to 7% and by TUP 2016, reached 9%.MetaFacts-td1702-tablet-first-trend-metafacts-tup-2014-2016-2017-02-16_10-02-19

It’s not as if these Tablet-First users are only using a tablet. Among Tablet-First users, half (50%) use a Smartphone as their secondary device, followed distantly by a Tower Desktop (15%), Basic cell phone (10%), and Notebook PC (9%).

Tablets are also popular as second devices, with 17% of connected adults regularly using one as their secondary device. Half (50%) of these Tablets-Second users have a Smartphone as their primary device, followed by a Tower Desktop (23%), and Notebook PC (15%).

Who are these Tablet-First users?

Older women use a tablet as their primary device at a higher rate than other age/gender groups. Females age 35 and up have a higher Tablet-First rate than any other gender/age group.MetaFacts-td1702-tablet-first-metafacts-tup-2016-us-2017-02-16_09-43-52

Besides age or gender distinctions, Tablet-First users aren’t especially technology early adopters or laggards, nor are they primarily lower socioeconomic groups which might be thought to not be able to afford notebooks or smartphones.

Tablet-First users do skew slightly higher among adults with less-than-average educational attainment, with 23% having a high school education or lower, somewhat higher than the 19% rate among connected adults.

Looking more deeply at how older women use tablets differently from younger women or other men, another pattern stands out. Older women use tablets for a broader range of activities than other age/gender groups. They simply get more out of these devices. This includes any tablet they use – not only the ones used as the primary device.MetaFacts-td1702-tablet-first-most-broadly-active-by-gender-age-2017-02-17_10-45-44

Analyzing the top-third most-broadly-active by number of tablet activities by age and gender groups, females age 45 to 64 stand out. They are 24% higher than the national average than other age/gender groups based on how many activities they regularly do with their tablets. In contrast, males 65+ and 25-34 have the lowest levels of broad usage, indexing at only 75 or lower.

What other devices do they use?

Tablet-First users may choose to primarily use their Tablet, yet most have other devices. Three-fourths of Tablet-First users regularly use a PC, and over three-fourths (77%) regularly use a Smartphone. They have other mobile devices, such as a Notebook (42%) or a Home Notebook (36%). Another 36% have a second PC.MetaFacts-td1702-tablet-first-other-devices-2017-02-16_10-29-09

The clear majority of Tablet-First users have more devices than their tablet – 99% have 2 or more. Eight-five percent have 3 or more connected devices they regularly use.

What are these Tablet-First tablets used for?

The users of Tablets as their primary device are busy with their tablets, checking email, shopping, having fun, and social networking. Over half of adults using a tablet as their primary device regularly use it for a wide range of activities. While checking personal email ranks at the top, shopping is nearly as strong.

What’s notably absent from the list of major activities are more-intensive productivity or graphical activities such as creating presentations. Instead, many of the major activities can be adequately done with a tablet that may or may not have an external keyboard.MetaFacts-td1702-tablet-first-activities-2017-02-16_15-29-21

Whose Tablet is used first more than others?

Apple’s iPad is the undisputed leader among the Tablet-First group, representing 57% of the installed base. The nearest contender is Samsung, with only a 10% share. Although Microsoft may begin to make inroads with their recently revamped Surface line, the current share is only 3%.

Looking ahead

Several aspects stand out from these results. While age-affected eyesight may contribute to older adults preferring devices with larger screens, it’s not as simple as age. So, I don’t expect tablet-makers to rush out to build ever-larger tablets as the population ages. It’s only among females that Tablet-First rates are highest, not among males. Also, when separating genders, rates don’t increase with age. The choice of activities is a big factor, as simple activities from online shopping to game playing and social networking are easily done with a tablet, and each benefit from having a larger screen.

Definitionally, the market is likely to get muddied for regular consumers. As notebook companies continue to innovate with convertible and 2-in-1 designs, the fuller functionality of notebooks is being integrated into devices as mobile as tablets. Furthermore, smartphone makers continue to experiment with larger screens. Also, Apple continues to position its popular iPad as a fully-functional “Super. Computer.” computing device.

For these Tablet-First users, though, who appear to be functioning well with a broad collection of devices, it seems unlikely that one single device will capture their hearts and fingers.

About this TUPdate

This TUPdate includes a complimentary brief summary of recent MetaFacts TUP (Technology User Profile) research results. These results are based on the most-recent results of the MetaFacts Technology User Profile 2016 survey, its 34th wave, with 7,334 respondents (US). For more information about MetaFacts and subscribing to TUP, please contact MetaFacts.

Resources

Current TUP subscribers can tap into any of the following TUP information used for this analysis or for even deeper analysis.

This TUPdate was based on results in the TUP 2016 Chapter – Devices, Section DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices from TUP 2014, TUP 2015, and TUP 2016. Also, activity data was selected from Tablet Activities (Rows 670 ACT_TAB).

Related MetaFAQs

The following related MetaFAQs address questions included in this TUPdate.

MetaFAQs Question TUP Reference
mq0005 How prominent is remote printing from tablets? Chapter: G Tablets  Section: G1-TAB/Tablets  Tables: [670 ACT_TABxTAB] Tablet PC Activities
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
mq0055 How are Tablets used differently than Notebook PCs? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [670 ACT_TABxOV] Tablet PC Activities
mq0059 How many Tablet PCs are used to make phone calls? For video calls? Chapter: G Tablets  Section: G1-TAB/Tablets  Tables: [670 ACT_TABxTAB] Tablet PC Activities
mq0063 Who are the Apple-only users? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D3-DEV_ECO/Device OS Ecosystems  Tables: [120 DRxDEV_ECO] Respondent Demographics
mq0083 How many adults regularly take pictures with their connected devices? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D5-KEY_DEV/Key Devices  Tables: [590 ACT_IMGxKEY_DEV] Graphics/Image Activities
mq0122 How are Smartphones used differently than Tablet PCs? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [700 ACT_SPxOV] Smartphone Activities
mq0126 What is the primary communication device among Tablet owners? Chapter: G Tablets  Section: G1-TAB/Tablets  Tables: [570 ACT_COMMxTAB] Communication Activities
mq0157 How prominent is printing images from tablets? Chapter: G Tablets  Section: G1-TAB/Tablets  Tables: [670 ACT_TABxTAB] Tablet PC Activities
mq0181 How are Smartphones used differently than Tablet PCs? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [670 ACT_TABxOV] Tablet PC Activities
mq0220 Is there an age skew for Apple iPads? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A4-AGE/Age Ranges  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxAGE] Key Device Metrics
mq0263 Of those who use a Smartphone as their primary connected device, do they have more Windows, Android, or Apple devices? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [270 DEVxDEV_PRIM] Devices
mq0300 Of those who use a Notebook PC as their primary connected device, do they have more Windows, Android, or Apple devices? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [270 DEVxDEV_PRIM] Devices
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
mq0377 What is the most popular combination of connected devices? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D1-COMBO/Device Combinations  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxCOMBO] Key Device Metrics
mq0378 Of those who use a Smartphone as their primary connected device, what other device have they used for most of their life? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [160 ADOPTxDEV_PRIM] Technology Adoption
mq0379 Of those who use a Smartphone as their primary connected device, what are their 2nd and 3rd devices? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxDEV_PRIM] Key Device Metrics
mq0397 Can Apple rightly claim to have captured the biggest tech spenders? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D6-KEY_DEV_OS/Key Devices by OS  Tables: [790 SPENDxKEY_DEV_OS] Tech Spending
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
mq0474 Is there an age skew to TV watching, whether through through any combination of traditionally subscribed services (cable, satellite), over-the-top set-top boxes, or using a Connected Device? Chapter: M Consumer Electronics  Section: MT-TV_DEVACT/TVs, Boxes, or Services, TV or Video Watching  Tables: [120 DRxTV_DEVACT] Respondent Demographics
mq0495 What else do Apple Mac users own more often than the average Connected Adult? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D6-KEY_DEV_OS/Key Devices by OS  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxKEY_DEV_OS] Key Device Metrics
mq0530 Of those who use a Smartphone as their primary connected device, how many connected devices do they actively use? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [490 UNITSxDEV_PRIM] Units
mq0531 Of those who use a Smartphone as their primary connected device, what are they planning to buy next? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [810 PLANSxDEV_PRIM] Purchase Plans
mq0535 Are the productivity-oriented Smartphone users very different in age from the average Connected Adult? Chapter: L Activities  Section: L8-ACTPROD/Personal/Productivity  Tables: [120 DRxACTPROD] Respondent Demographics
mq0626 Of those who use a Tower Desktop PC as their primary connected device, what are their 2nd and 3rd devices? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxDEV_PRIM] Key Device Metrics
mq0628 Of those who use a Tower Desktop PC as their primary connected device, how many connected devices do they actively use? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [490 UNITSxDEV_PRIM] Units
mq0629 Of those who use a Notebook PC as their primary connected device, how many connected devices do they actively use? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [490 UNITSxDEV_PRIM] Units
mq0630 Of those who use a Desktop PC as their primary connected device, what are they planning to buy next? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [810 PLANSxDEV_PRIM] Purchase Plans
mq0631 Of those who use a Notebook PC as their primary connected device, what are they planning to buy next? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D2-DEV_PRIM/Primary and Secondary Devices  Tables: [810 PLANSxDEV_PRIM] Purchase Plans
mq0677 How many adults use a Tablet using Apple iOS, Google Android, or Windows? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D6-KEY_DEV_OS/Key Devices by OS  Tables: [250 DEV_KEYxKEY_DEV_OS] Key Device Metrics
mq0663 How many users make video phone calls using their Tablet? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [670 ACT_TABxOV] Tablet PC Activities

 

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Voice Assistants – now we’re talking! (TUPdate)

Voice Assistants, now we’re talking! – a TUPdate by Dan Ness, January 27, 2017

In the early 1980’s, one of my Apple Macs overheard me on a phone call and startled me by speaking “Wouldn’t you like to know?”. The Mac’s dialog box suggested I had asked “Macintosh, do you have an Easter Egg?” Evidently, I had triggered one of those hidden messages some programmers like to include for fun. That was quite a bit earlier than today’s quirky responses after asking Apple Siri certain questions such as “What does the fox say?” or asking Amazon Alexa “how much is that doggie in the window?”

Beyond answering quirky questions, voice assistants are expected to grow in capabilities and more importantly, to grow in broader market acceptance.

Voice interaction with tech devices is back in vogue again, and technology users are different than they were 20 years ago. At CES 2017, voice assistants got a lot of attention, especially with the many IoT devices announced that used Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.

How many voice assistant early adopters are there?metafacts-voice-assistant-usage-rates-2017-01-27_15-28-45

The users of Amazon’s Alexa or Echo devices are currently few, while the users of voice assistants on other devices are many. As of mid-2016, 3.5 million US adults were actively using a voice-enabled speaker such as the Amazon Alexa or Echo. These are 1.6% of all Connected Adults, the universe of persons age 18 and up who have used a PC, Mobile Phone, Tablet, or Game console to browse the Internet in the previous 30 days.

The ability to control and interact by voice extends well beyond wireless voice-enabled speakers and includes Apple’s Siri, Google Now or Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana as used on PCs, Smartphones, and Tablets. This spans 75.5 million adults who regularly use their voice to control and interact with their devices. This equates to a 34.9% usage rate.metafacts-voice-assistant-usage-percent-rates-2017-01-27_15-28-45

Voice assistant usage on Mobile devices, specifically Notebook PCs, Smartphones and Tablets, are the largest group, number 61.1 million. Separately, these three platforms add to 73.6, indicating that these mobile users are using 1.2 of these devices. In other words, there is a moderate amount of overlap. This is important, because users of voice agents will likely want to choose one voice control platform. This will help them have an easier and more seamless experience so they won’t need to adapt themselves to fit each voice agent instead of the other way around.

Who are these chatty early adopters?

Users of voice assistants across any device stand out from average connected adults:

  • Respondent Demographics
    • Average age 37 – six years younger than the average connected adult
    • 54% are Millennials – age 18 to 35 – and 50% of older millennials (age 28-35) use voice control on any device
    • Use of voice-enabled speakers such as the Amazon Echo is strongest among adults age 25 to 44, and less so for 18-24 and 45+
    • Above-average usage levels for full-time students (48%) and full-time employees (43%)
    • Higher use by Asian adults (43%) and Black/African-American adults (42%)
  • Household Demographics
    • Stronger in larger households – 49% of adults in households with 4 persons and 46% among those with 5 or more
    • Stronger in households with children – 48% of adults in households with 2 or more persons and children
  • Device Usage
    • Voice assistant usage is highest among those with the most devices and less among those with fewer. Usage rates are 50% and higher among the 52% of Voice Assistant users with 6 or more devices, and 14% and below among those with 2 or fewer devicesmetafacts-voice-assistant-usage-rates-by-no-of-devices-2017-01-27_15-29-49
    • Users of Game Consoles have a higher than average use of Voice Assistants – 47%
    • Apple iPhone users have higher Voice Assistant usage rates (49%) across all their devices than Google Android Smartphone users (36%)
  • Operating Systems of Devices
    • Users of Voice Assistants have more Windows devices (1.8) than Apple OS devices (1.5) or Google OS devices (0.8)
  • Key Devices
    • Usage of Voice Assistants are higher than average among those using VR Headsets (84%), Home Projectors (73%), Google TV/Android TV (72%), Amazon Fire TV (69%), Apple TV (62%), Google Chromecast (61%), Wireless Headsets (67%), and any Smartwatch (69%)
  • Household spending on technology devices and services
    • Users of Voice Assistants spend much more than the average household, at 1.4x the national average

Voice Assistant usage rates on other devices

Users of voice-enabled speakers such as the Amazon Echo use voice assistants on other devices, although in a different way than average users.metafacts-voice-assistant-usage-rates-among-speaker-users-2017-01-27_15-31-03

Users of voice-enabled wireless speakers such as the Amazon Echo are above average in using voice assistants on other devices. They are four times the national average in using voice assistance on a PC, and nearly four times (3.7x) in using a Tablet. They are more than double (2.3x) in using a mobile device (Notebook, Smartphone, or Tablet), and almost double (1.9x) in using a Smartphone.

Voice Assistant usage and device activities

So far, voice assistants have reached users who are the most broadly active with their devices. However, voice assistant usage hasn’t dominated any particular category of activities. From those users with the broadest social networking or shopping activities to those with the broadest personal and productivity activities, the most-active users are similar to each other, with each using voice assistants at nearly double the national average.

Looking ahead

Use of voice assistants have reached into the mainstream, having surpassed half of many different market segments. This widespread acceptance bodes well for voice continuing its growth. However, depth of use still has some ways to go. Users are currently juggling many devices, and using voice assistants across different devices and among differing operating system families. While this calls for a standard of some time – so users won’t need to adapt to each OS and instead each OS can adapt to them – no single standard has yet emerged.

Until more users either to choose to focus on one standard – such as staying within the Apple Siri/HomeKit family – they will continue to have the experience of speaking requests to Alexa in the ways Siri expects, to Cortana in the way Google Now or Assistant answer to, or some other combination. At least today the highly-touted artificial intelligence behind voice assistants hasn’t reached the level that one’s voice assistant would be jealous to discover you’ve been speaking with a different voice assistant.

About this TUPdate

This TUPdate includes a complimentary brief summary of recent MetaFacts TUP (Technology User Profile) research results. These results are based on the most-recent results of the MetaFacts Technology User Profile 2016 survey, its 34th wave, with 7,334 respondents (US). For more information about MetaFacts and subscribing to TUP, please contact MetaFacts.

Resources

Current TUP subscribers can tap into any of the following TUP information used for this analysis or for even deeper analysis.

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How many connected adults use hearables? (MetaFAQs)

For ears, it’s an exciting time in the tech industry.

Hearable technology – audio-oriented wearables spanning wireless Bluetooth headsets to VR headsets – have received a fresh round of media attention. This has stemmed from substantial recent investment in new ventures such as Oculus VR along with a wider range of product releases.

Currently, one in eight US connected adults are regularly using a hearable device – either a wireless Bluetooth headset or VR headsets. This level of use is broad enough to represent great potential opportunity, yet not broad enough to sustain many competitors.

The primary current use case for Bluetooth headsets are for phone calls, as has been the case for more than a decade. Apple is leading the charge to change this with their Airpods tightly integrated with iPhones, in a bid to help popularize voice-controlled usage. metafacts-metafaqs-mq0099-120drxhear-2017-01-11_08-54-29Voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, and Google Now promise to radically shift how users interact with their technology.

VR headsets, sometimes called goggles, are primarily being used for immersive games, and reaching a slightly different segment than Bluetooth headsets.

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 answers are part of the full TUP service, available to paid subscribers. The TUP chapters with the most information about activities is the TUP 2016 Wearables, Hearables, Listening, and Speaking Chapter. This details which market segments are (and aren’t) using hearables, listening to music, using music streaming services, making phone calls, playing games, using voice control, and other audio-oriented products and activities.

These MetaFAQs are brought to you by MetaFacts, based on research results from their most-recent wave of Technology User Profile (TUP).

For more information about MetaFacts and subscribing to TUP, please contact MetaFacts.

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Life Stages and Technology Adoption – TUPdate

Life Stage and Technology Adoption – a TUPdate by Dan Ness, December 16, 2016

The stages of life – although many take different paths – are a useful component of understanding technology users. Pivotal life events shape us – forming a family or empty-nesting, passing key birthdays, or joining or leaving from the workforce.
Kids matter – in many ways, and very much so when it comes to understanding technology spending, usage, adoption, and the future of tech. Simply knowing whether children are present or not provides a lot of explanatory power for a technology user’s profile.metafacts-tup-life-stage-factors-2016-12-16_11-17-07

Presence of children is one of three factors that make up life stage analysis, with the other two being age and employment status.
Within the TUP study, MetaFacts determines life stage by creating eight mutually-exclusive groups, each formed by two values of three components. We grouped respondent’s ages into 18-39 (“younger”) and 40 and above (“older”), and presence of children into present or not present. Being employed in the workforce includes any working full-time, part-time, or self-employed. Those not employed outside the home include students, the retired, homemakers, seasonally unemployed and temporarily unemployed.
Life stage analysis is a useful and productive way to quickly sift through mountains of sociodemographics. These three factors, although not exhaustive, provide strong definitional power with respect to predicting and profiling technology acquisition and usage.

Tech Spending by Life Stage

The biggest tech spenders are those adults within the life stage group: younger, employed, and with children. Adults age 18-38 who have kids and are actively employed full-time, part-time, or self-employed spend 66% more on tech devices and services in a year than the average adult. The second-biggest life stage group in tech spending also have kids and are employed, although are age 40 and up. This group’s tech spend is 16% higher than the national average.metafacts-td161215-life-stage-tech-spend-index-2016-12-15_11-48-59
At the other end of the spectrum, with the lowest tech spending levels, are adults age 40+, not employed, and without kids. Their index of 67 reflects their tech spending levels 33% below the national average for connected adults. All of the life stage groups without children spend below the national average for tech devices and services. Also, adults who are not employed outside the home spend less than the average connected adult on tech.

Consumer Electronics and Life Stage

Life stage analysis reveals both laggards and early adopters of many leading technology products. The connected home appears to be doing well – although only among one life stage segment. Employed adults age 18-39 with children stand heads and shoulders above all other segments in market penetration. From smart locks to video doorbells, this group’s usage is significantly stronger than other life stage groups. This group is also clearly strongest in the use of certain other consumer electronics products – golf swing analyzers, GoPro-type headcams, and to further feather the nest, home projectors. Relative penetration of this last item is not quite as different, reflecting in part the higher price of home projectors compared to these other devices, and that they have been available for more years than the other devices.metafacts-td161215-life-stage-consumer-electronics-2016-12-15_14-30-47

One consumer electronic product has reached entirely different life stage segments – the venerable record player. Although turntables and vinyl albums have enjoyed some resurgence following their near-extinction, current usage is primarily among adults age 40 and up, and less so among younger adults. In addition to nostalgic ties and musical memories, these listeners also are more likely to have old LPs.

Life Stage Penetration of Key Tech Devices

Life stage analysis also reveals differences in the use of many key computing and printing devices. The notebook penetration rate among adults employed 18-39 with kids is double that of adults not employed 40+ without kids. There’s an even stronger difference for use of a second PC, with Employed 18-39 with kids having triple the penetration rate of not employed 40+ without kids. And, with nearly a quintuple rate difference, use of game consoles among not employed adults age 18-39 with kids is two-thirds (66%), 4.8 times higher than the 14% rate among not employed 40+ without children.metafacts-td161215-life-stage-key-devices-2016-12-15_14-30-47

Number of Devices by OS

Windows dominates computing devices, as it has for decades. Among all life stage groups, the average number of devices is highest for Windows devices. Apple and Google Android/Chrome devices are gaining in the average number in active use. Among adults 18-39 not employed, there is no difference between Windows and Apple in the number of each OS in active use.
Apple ranks second among all life stage segments except one – 40+, Not employed with Kids. Although the difference is small, this reflects the lower penetration Apple devices have among older adults.metafacts-td161215-key-devices-by-os-2016-12-16_08-03-24

Looking Ahead

Life stage analysis reveals important market segments, especially to separate laggards from early adopters of the newest technology. This approach also helps in predicting future adoption. As technology users navigate their own life courses and transitions. Although it isn’t true that parents leave a maternity ward with additional tech devices, it’s typically not too long that tech accumulation begins.

About this TUPdate

This TUPdate includes a complimentary brief summary of recent MetaFacts TUP (Technology User Profile) research results. These results are based on the most-recent results of the MetaFacts Technology User Profile 2016 survey, its 34th wave, with 7,334 respondents (US). For more information about MetaFacts and subscribing to TUP, please contact MetaFacts.

Resources

Current TUP subscribers can tap into any of the following TUP information used for this analysis or for even deeper analysis. This TUPdate is based on the TUP Life Stage section, which is within the TUP 2016 User Profile Chapter.

Supporting MetaFAQs

  • mq0137 – What is the penetration of home-owned computing devices? – [250 DEV_KEYxLIFE]
  • mq0257 – Which Life Stage segment spends the most on tech devices and services? – [790 SPENDxLIFE]
  • mq0215 – Which Life Stage segment use VR Headsets the most? – [480 CExLIFE]
  • mq0275 – Which Life Stage segments have the highest share of Windows, Apple, and Google OS devices? – [270 DEVxLIFE]
  • mq0594 – Which Life Stage group has the highest usage of Notebook PCs? – [250 DEV_KEYxLIFE]
  • mq0610 – Which Life Stage group has the highest usage of e-Book Readers? – [250 DEV_KEYxLIFE]

Related MetaFAQs

  • mq0091 – What is the percent of Home PC users that use printers? – [250 DEV_KEYxLIFE]
  • mq0237 – What is the average number of Home Tablets being used? – [490 UNITSxLIFE]
  • mq0236 – What is the average number of Home PCs being used? – [490 UNITSxLIFE]
  • mq0150 – Are many users using remote printing services? Are these using their Internet-ready printers or online printing services? Which segments are using remote printing as a substitute for home printing, and which as an additional way to print? – [590 ACT_IMGxLIFE]
  • mq0540 – How are TV and movie device usage levels different across Life Stage segments? – [480 CExLIFE]
  • mq0213 – How does the penetration of OS Ecosystems vary by device type? – [250 DEV_KEYxDEV_ECO]

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