One in three Gen Z Americans have a new PC, unlike Boomers – Experienced generations replace PCs less frequently than newer users, especially in the US, UK, and Germany. However, Japan and China’s Gen X started with computers later. Notably, Gen Z shows a strong inclination towards using the latest computers. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1127_newp] in TUP Lenses: Devices; PCs; User Profile
Home computer use is age-skewed; whether youngest, younger, or older varies by country – Home computers are not used as readily by all age groups. There are wide age differences in most countries due to engrained habits, replacement by smartphones, and socioeconomics.
This MetaFAQs reports on the installed base of home computers among online adults in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and China, split by user age group. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1121_pcag] in TUP Lenses: PCs; User Profile
Apple iPads dominate the market for tablets, with a higher penetration than Android tablets among online adults around the world. Among millennials and Gen Xers, however, Android tablets have their strongest foothold, especially in the US. Among online Germans, Android tablet users outnumber iPad users among millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers, and the reverse is true among Gen Z adults.
This MetaFAQs reports on the number and percentage of online tablet users by operating system family, country, and age generation in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and China. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1103_andp] in TUP Lenses: Tablets
Employers are saddling younger adults with used/refurbished computers. Over one-third of American adults aged 18 to 24 actively using an employer-provided PC are using one previously used by someone else. In the UK, that rate among younger adults is nearly as high. Older adults don’t have as high a rate.
This MetaFAQs reports on the percentage of PC users actively using a used/refurbished computer by computer ownership and age group within the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and China. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1101_used] in TUP Lenses: PCs; Mobile Phones; User Profile
Apple Mac laptops reach parity among Windows PCs among young Americans – For years, Microsoft Windows has led the PC market. Meanwhile, Apple’s MacOS has become particularly popular among US adults aged 18 to 24. Currently, in this age group, the usage of Windows and MacOS is nearly identical. It’s worth noting that this trend is specific to young Americans and doesn’t extend to adults in the UK, Germany, Japan, or China.
This MetaFAQs reports on the operating system family of the notebook/laptop actively used by online adults in the US, Germany, UK, Japan, and China. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1019_1824] in TUP Lenses: Devices; PCs; User Profile; Technology Ecosystems
Younger techies dominate? Seniors beg to differ – Seniors, those aged 55 and above, represent a significant portion of online adults and bring a rich history of technological experience. Their journey began with enhancements in landlines and the dawn of pricey, less reliable mobile phones. They witnessed PCs evolve from hobbyist creations to essential tools for work, education, and daily tasks. Television expanded from just a few networks to the vastness of cable, with streaming emerging more recently in their tech narrative. This demographic adapted as technology milestones like the Apple II, email’s surge, and the decline of paper maps. Their long-standing tech experience offers a unique perspective and challenges the notion that younger generations solely drive technological innovation.
This MetaFAQs reports on the number of online adults aged 55 and over in the US, Germany, UK, Japan, and China. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1013_seni] in TUP Lenses: User Profile
Smartwatches have quickly gained popularity, gracing the wrists of millions. These devices offer more than just timekeeping and fitness monitoring; they’ve evolved into personal assistants. Users value their multi-functionality, utilizing them for calendars, health metrics, reminders, and more. In addition, they’ve become a symbol of modern luxury. However, the latest wave of TUP confirms that the smartwatch market penetration seems to have reached a peak or plateau. Now, it’s largely about replacing older models rather than attracting first-time users. Therefore, manufacturers need to adapt their strategies, focusing less on expanding their user base and more on meeting the needs of existing customers.
These TUP tables report on the number and percentage of online adults regularly using a smartwatch such as an Apple Watch. They also include the number who are planning to purchase one within the coming 12 months.
As Millennials transition into adulthood “aka adulting” they have moved from their pioneering smartphone focus and shifted more of their attention towards personal computers. At present, they spend more hours on PCs than any other age generation. One primary reason for this shift is the prevalent use of PCs for work-related activities. But it’s not just about work; their technological expertise, honed over years, plays a significant role. Millennials possess a unique mastery of modern technology, making them device-agnostic. They prioritize functionality over device type loyalty. Furthermore, their preference for larger screens makes PCs an ideal choice. These devices offer bigger displays and multitasking capabilities, which often surpass those of smartphones or tablets, especially for collaboration and web-based meetings. This MetaFAQs reports the number the weekly hours each age generation – Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers/Silent – uses a computer. Report [TUP_doc_2023_0927_mill] in TUP Lenses: PCs; User Profile
Printers have seen a decline in usage, but interestingly, specific generational cohorts show varied printer adoption rates. It’s essential to note that generations are defined by the era of their birth, not merely age. These cohorts share common experiences and often adopt behaviors influenced by peers born in the same timeframe, leading to distinct technological preferences and habits. The broader use of printers among the Boomer/Silent generations is more a reflection of deeply engrained habits than merely of age. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of printers actively used by online adults within generational age groups and country.
Communication methods have evolved over the past few decades. While landlines were once predominant, they’ve now taken a backseat. Asynchronous communication, like email, offers the advantage of connecting without simultaneous availability, often more convenient and effective. Text messaging, in particular, has experienced a significant rise, now standing as a leading communication method alongside emails.
Interestingly, while smartphones are labeled “phones,” their initial use leaned more toward texting than calling. However, synchronous communication methods are making a comeback on these devices. Email, text messaging, and phone calls share nearly equal user numbers, showcasing varied preferences among users.
Meanwhile, group communication methods from shared platforms like Microsoft Teams and Slack to video meetings hosted by Zoom and Webex have primarily met acceptance among a selected market subset.
Our communication choices often depend on reciprocation, given its two-way nature. As a result, user groups may flock together toward specific communication modes, either adopting new methods or moving away from older ones.
These trends offer invaluable insights for telecom companies, handset manufacturers, and those aiming to understand or influence consumer behaviors. The TUP data provides detailed information about communication preferences across different countries and generations, highlighting the frequency of use for email, text messaging, and phone calls among similar cohorts.