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The Most Creative – PCs or Smartphones? (TUPdate)

The Most Creative – PCs or Smartphones? – a TUPdate by Dan Ness, February 9, 2017

Creativity eludes definition, yet we know and admire it when we see or feel it. Well beyond simple clicks, creative activities greatly add to the collective oeuvre while also giving voice to expression.

It might well be argued that creativity is shown in the clever use of hashtags, emojis, or Snapchat video filters. I’m choosing to identify creativity broadly and practically – how the most-creative, most-involved tech activities get done. Activities such as creating presentations and videos require forethought and a blending of skills. Some activities such as taking photographs are now so widely commonplace that the activity spans the professional photographer to the budding amateur. So, for this analysis, I’m considering this a moderately-creative activity.metafacts-td1702-creatives-diagram-2017-02-09_13-27-42

From our most recent TUP (Technology User Profile) survey, I chose six core activities as being more creative than the many other everyday activities we track by device and user.

I drilled down into the TUP data to see what differences there may be by device type – PCs versus Smartphones. When it comes to creative activities, there are differences.

Which devices have the most users doing creative activities?

Creative activities are strongest where the tools are richest. Ask any oil painter if they benefit by having ready canvases, easels, paints, and lighting.

On first glance, mobility could support creativity, by having one’s tools handy. Creative inspirations can be elusive, so if creativity only takes place when the muse visits, then it could follow that convenient mobility matters most of all. Thinking this through more deeply, however, creativity isn’t defined by a few clicks.metafacts-td1702-creatives-by-smartphone-os-metafacts-tupdate-2017-02-08_11-18-35

When focusing on some of the most-creative activities, our TUP data shows that more people create serious content on PCs than on Smartphones. For example, for creation of personal graphics or presentations, 14% of connected adults use a PC, nearly three times the 5% rate who use their Smartphones. Similarly, 14% of connected adults use a PC for work graphics/presentations, more than triple the 4% who use their Smartphones.

Similarly, creating videos for work purposes is done with PC by twice as many adults as those using Smartphones.
Even a broad and highly personal activity category – hobbies – has a higher rate of use on PCs than on Smartphones.
Given that Smartphones have much smaller screens than most notebook PCs or desktops, it may be surprising to some that these highly-graphical creative activities have anywhere near the acceptance levels that they’re enjoying. Screen size doesn’t seem to be the entire explanation, because these creative activities have lower usage rates on Tablets than on either PCs or Smartphones.

I dove deeper into the TUP data to see if some Smartphones are associated with more creative activities than others. A slightly higher share of Apple iPhones than Android Smartphones are used for creative activities, however the difference is not statistically significant. For the most-creative activities, the difference is 2% or less.

Looking ahead

I expect PCs to continue dominating actively creative activities. Even while Smartphones are increasingly taking user’s primary attention, PCs remain primary among the set of devices being actively used. Users continue to juggle many devices, and most users actively navigate a combination which includes at least two of three devices: PCs (Desktops or Notebooks), Smartphones, or Tablets. Ninety-six percent use two or more of these, and 57% actively use three or more, up from 49% one year previously.metafacts-td1702-creatives-multiple-device-types-2017-02-09_11-18-17

I expect pan-device experience and integration to expand, helping mobile devices expand in use for creative activities. User’s abilities will increase with their growing experience working across multiple devices. A growing number of users are increasingly using the cloud to share their own work across their various devices. Furthermore, I expect creativity apps to continue to expand their ability to be used across multiple device types.
The result will be that more people will be able to create whenever and wherever the muse calls.

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.


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 KEY_DEV_OS/Key Devices OS, Section COMBO/Device Combinations from TUP 2014, TUP 2015, and TUP 2016. Also, activity data was selected from data in PC Activities (Rows 630 ACT_PC), Smartphone Activities (Rows 700 ACT_SP), and Tablet Activities (Rows 670 ACT_TAB).

Related MetaFAQs

Also see these related MetaFAQs, the Frequently Asked Questions address by results from MetaFacts TUP:

MetaFAQ Question Cross-Reference
mq0684 How many creative pros are there, actively creating presentations and graphics? Chapter: L Activities  Section: L5-ACTIMAGE/Graphics/Imaging  Tables: [625 ACT_DEVxACTIMAGE] Device Activities
mq0165 Who are the most-graphical? Chapter: L Activities  Section: L5-ACTIMAGE/Graphics/Imaging  Tables: [120 DRxACTIMAGE] 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
mq0056 How are Notebook PCs used differently than Tablets? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [650 ACT_NOTExOV] Notebook PC Activities
mq0536 What is the primary device for personal/productivity activities? Chapter: L Activities  Section: L8-ACTPROD/Personal/Productivity  Tables: [620 ACT_PRODxACTPROD] Personal/Productivity Activities
mq0138 How are Smartphones used differently than Tablet PCs? Chapter: G Tablets  Section: G1-TAB/Tablets  Tables: [700 ACT_SPxTAB] Smartphone Activities
mq0012 What is the profile of the most active in graphics & imaging activities? Chapter: L Activities  Section: L5-ACTIMAGE/Graphics/Imaging  Tables: [120 DRxACTIMAGE] Respondent Demographics
mq0181 How are Smartphones used differently than Tablet PCs? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [670 ACT_TABxOV] Tablet PC Activities
mq0551 How are Notebooks used differently than Desktop PCs? Chapter: A User Profile  Section: A1-OV/Overview  Tables: [650 ACT_NOTExOV] Notebook PC Activities
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
mq0574 Which device is used for the most productivity & personal activities? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D1-COMBO/Device Combinations  Tables: [620 ACT_PRODxCOMBO] Personal/Productivity Activities
mq0655 What is the next device planned among those who own certain combinations of devices? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D1-COMBO/Device Combinations  Tables: [810 PLANSxCOMBO] Purchase Plans
mq0656 Which device is used for the most cloud storage and sharing activities? Chapter: D Devices  Section: D1-COMBO/Device Combinations  Tables: [610 ACT_CLOUDxCOMBO] Cloud Storage/Sharing Activities

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Connected device combos for Males 18-44 – de rigueur to commandos (MetaFAQs)

Which combination of connected devices is most used by Males 18-44?

Aren’t young males considered enough of a bellwether group to lead the rest of the market?

If so, might there be many who have chosen to forgo using a Desktop or Notebook PC, and rely only on their Smartphone or Tablet and Smartphone?

Our research shows that young males, age 18-44, continue to include a PC in effectively every combination of connected devices they actively use. Also, as a group they have clear preferences about which device combination they choose. Well over half, 59%, actively use one of two major combinations of devices. metafacts-metafaqs-mq0556-2016-11-01_14-52-53

The device combination standing head and shoulders above all others includes many types of devices. In use by 44% of males age 18-44, the combo de rigueur includes a Tablet, both a Notebook and Desktop PC, and a mobile phone.

The second-used combination, used by just one one-sixth (15%), includes a Smartphone and either a Desktop or Notebook PC. This combination does not include a Tablet.

The third-used combination is similar with the second-used combination. Account ingfor 12% of adults in this group, it includes a Tablet, mobile, and PC. The PC is not a Notebook, but instead is a Desktop PC.

The PC is very much alive among males age 18-44, being present in every device combination except one. That combination includes only a Tablet and mobile phone only includes a few commandos, and number only 3% of males 18-44.

This MetaFAQs research result addresses one of the many questions profiling active younger males.

Many other related answers are part of the full TUP service, available to paid subscribers. The TUP chapter with the most information about device usage and combinations is the TUP 2016 Devices Chapter.

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 Printers 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.

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Multi-Platform Usage Shifts-Solid market research from MetaFacts Technology User Profile

Extensive solid information about multi-platform usage shifts–who accesses what technology, and where and how they do it–is available in TUP – Technology User Profile.

As consumers’ options for communication, entertainment, and organization grow, one thing seems to stay the same:  change. The more choices that choosy consumers have, the more choices they want, and if they can get it all in one package–even better. But that may not mean that smartphones are replacing PCs–when you can have all the options in one place, certain consumers prefer a few devices to choose between.

Below are a few examples of questions addressed in TUP related to the multi-platform reality. The full TUP service enables drilling down beyond the answers to these questions to identify which other technologies, services and behaviors are disruptive and to profile which market segments are and aren’t adopting. TUP is much more than a one-dimensional market view or opinion piece, since it provides dynamic data to answer the following key questions, as well as many others.

  • Who are the true early adopters and laggards? How does this vary by actual usage of specific products and technologies?
  • Which combination of tech devices is the most popular today? How large is each segment? Who are in each segment? Which direction are they headed with their buying plans?
  • Multitasking – who’s using many devices for many activities, versus few devices for many activities? How do user segments vary by quadrant?
  • What is the mix of communication products and services – landline, wireless, email, IM, etc. – by segment?
  • Is it really one to a customer? How often are PCs shared? Which market segments use more than one PC?
  • Primacy – what is the center of the user’s world? Their home PC, work PC, mobile phone? Is it one device or many?
  • How many device screens do people view? Which market segments view more screens than other segments?
  • How are users communicating, given all their communication options?
  • What do users sync or “store” in the cloud? How do users share images – social networking sites or photo-specific sites? Which users are the most active?
  • Are PC users primarily accessing the Internet at home, in the workplace, using friends or neighbor’s computers, or in public places such as libraries or cybercafés? Which users use other’s PCs and which have many to choose from?
  • What do most people do with their mobile phone as compared to their PC? Which user segments align with which platforms?
  • Which segments are keeping their files, calendars, or other information synchronized or backed up online?
  • What is the status of mobile phone transition, from basic feature phones to smartphones and non-users?
  • Entertainment primacy – what is the center of the user’s home entertainment world? Is it one device or many? Which devices and services, and among which segments?
  • Do PC users behave differently as they gain more experience? Are Newbies or Vets mostly focusing on certain activities versus a broad mixture? Who is videoconferencing, and using which platform?
  • Which market segments interact with their social network using their mobile phone, and which do not? What else stands out about these connected users?
  • Age-related market adoption – which products and services are age-skewed? Which are skewed toward older rather than younger users?
  • How PC/Online & Mobile Phone activities compare? How is this different for Tablets or eBook Readers? Which segments use which device for the most activities?
  • Which segments are utilizing cloud storage or sharing services? For which activities? What is the tech-owning profile of active gamers? Many consumer electronics entertainment products or focused on gaming? Many computers or few? How does this vary by segment?
  • What types and combinations of consumer electronics are homes using?
  • Is the smartphone killing PC shopping?
  • Which segments are the most music-intensive? What is the overlap of music-centered products and services by segment?
  • Who spends the most hours online?
  • What other activities are just outside the box for gamers? Online dating? Social Networking? Music? Movies? Entertainment in general?
  • How much have PC users integrated PCs into their personal lives?
  • To what extent does game-playing drive online usage specifically and tech usage overall?
  • Who are the biggest tech spenders? Which segments spend the most and least for devices? How does spending for tech services differ?
  • Which smartphone OS is leading, and with which market segments?
  • Have game-players been the first to adopt new products such as the Apple iPhone? Or, are they generally later adopters?
  • iPhone users – who are they really? How do they compare with Android and Blackberry users?
  • What are the attitudes about texting and driving? Who is most supportive and who is mostly opposed?
  • Who’s busiest – desktop users or notebook users? How do their profiles differ?
  • Netbooks – are they replacing notebooks? Stalling smartphones? Withering?
  • Do Apple users “grow up and give up” their Apple? When do they get one again, if they do?
  • How much is assisted navigation part of life – and on which platform? Which user segments use which devices or services?
  • How are smartphones challenging or complementing mobile PCs? Which market segments are coalescing around which platforms?
  • Do game players bring their gaming with them into the workplace? To what extent? Which market segment does this the most?
  • Which key tech devices are consumers planning to buy? Which segments show the strongest plans and how does this compare to their tech spending?
  • Who is using mobile payments?
  • How prominent is Home PC renting versus outright purchase?
  • How rich is the user’s printing experience? Do they use only one printer or more than one? For multi-printer users, which ones do they use? Who are the most-active printer users?
  • What is the impact on privacy concerns on use of social networking?
  • How are Facebook users different from users of other Social Networks? Beside demographics, what else distinguishes these from each other?
  • Which segments are using which tech devices & carriers? For which activities?
  • How many people use calendars on their PC, their mobile phone, or both? Which types of people are these?
  • Who is buying the highest-end PCs? Are there brand differences? What else do users buy and what else do they use?
  • Netbooks – what are true adoption rates, and into which market segments?
  • Most-mobile customers – where do they go and what do they do?
  • How has the division of work vs. personal use of technology products continued to blur?

If solid answers to any of these questions would help your work in creating the future, please contact MetaFacts.

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