Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, October 2, 2020
Notebooks are designed to be light and portable. But, how many home notebooks don’t leave home? How many home notebooks aren’t used in a coffee shop, library, public place, school, or workplace? This MetaFAQs looks at the mobile activity of home-owned notebooks by the locations they are used.
Is there a divide in which ethnic/Hispanic group of Americans use connected devices? Do some groups use smartphones or PCs at a higher or lower rate than others? Do tablets or feature/basic cell phones have a higher or lower penetration rate? This MetaFAQs reports on the usage of connected devices by type among online Americans in five self-reported groups: White/non-Hispanic, Black/non-Hispanic, Asian/non-Hispanic, Hispanic, and Other/non-Hispanic.
Are you reading this from home? That makes you one of the 391 million of online adults working remotely we found in our TUP/Technology User Profile survey across 6 countries. If you are like the average employee around the world, you are also reading this on your own PC, tablet, or smartphone, and not one provided by your employer.
Home PCs are the new work PC.
Insights professionals in the tech industry already know from personal experience about working remotely. It was not too long ago that many researchers would be balancing notebooks on their knees in darkened focus group viewing rooms while reaching for another M&M or two. (Not that there’s anything wrong with M&M’s). However, most of the world’s employees do not have experience as remote workers, nor are they set up properly.
By Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, May 22, 2020
Working from home. While it is a blessing for some and may feel like a curse for others, only the few get the privilege. Being able to work from home during widespread public health safety shutdowns has sustained employment for many employees. It has also brought new challenges for those with school-age children or insufficient technology. It has also brought about faster adoption of certain technology products and services while revealing long-present sociological differences. The differences may persist while many of the technological changes will be temporary and evolutionary, not revolutionary.
Progress toward work-life separation, until sudden integration
I will admit to having recently used more than one cliché about these being “unprecedented times” or even that we’re headed towards a “new normal”.
When it comes to work-life balance, what was “normal” is all-too “precedented”. For years, PCs have enabled American employees to bring work home. Enabling is not always a positive characteristic, depending on one’s perspective. No sooner had employees scaled down their work at home, minimizing their commingled work and personal activities, then along came COVID-19.
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