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
Half of Americans use a smartphone for work – Over half of online American adults utilize smartphones for various work tasks, from emails to videoconferencing. One in six American workers relies solely on a smartphone. Another quarter have all three: a smartphone, computer and tablet, and 80% of these rely on smartphones for work activities. Interestingly, half lack employer-provided computers.
This MetaFAQs reports on the percentage of online adults regularly using a smartphone for work-related activities. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1125_spwr] in TUP Lenses: Mobile Phones; Activities; Communication; Work/Life Balance
Game consoles are a youngster thing – Using a game console to play games is much more prevalent among younger adults than older ones. That’s the case across all countries surveyed: the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and China. Adults aged 25 to 34 have similar game console usage rates to those aged 18 to 24, which reflects the continued interest and habit energy of continued, if declining, use from younger ages. Playing games often have a social aspect, as groups of younger adults convene (in person or online) to play together. It’s important to note that game-playing with connected devices is widespread across all age groups, just less so by using game consoles and more so with computers, smartphones, and tablets.
This MetaFAQs reports on the percentage of online adults actively using a game console by age group and country. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1117_cons] in TUP Lenses: User Profile; Game Consoles, Gaming PCs, and Game-Playing
Smartphone replacement sooner in the US, UK, and China, especially among later generations – Keeping smartphones fresh and new is the current practice of most online adults throughout the US, UK, and China. Half or more of the online adults in these countries acquired a smartphone within the last 18 months. Online adults in Germany and Japan, however, are keeping their smartphones longer. In these countries, nearer to three in eight online adults have phones this new. Typical German and Japanese cultural values encourage people to keep many consumer products until they are no longer functional instead of replacing them simply because there are newer ones available. Ecological and economic concerns also contribute to keeping electronics longer than average, as well as country-specific carrier agreements.
This MetaFAQs reports when smartphone users acquired their smartphone by age generation and country. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1113_spne] in TUP Lenses: Mobile Phones; 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
Who hasn’t misplaced their phone or keys or wondered where their luggage was?
Using technology to help find items has reached a plateau. The percentage of online adults using a wireless item tracker such as Tile or Apple’s AirTag has remained flat between 2021 and 2023. Overall global active usage has subsided from one in six to one in eight online adults. Active penetration rates have dropped among groups such as Gen Z adults in the US, UK, Germany, and China.
This may have seemed like yet another device to help attract users into adopting or staying with technology ecosystems. It’s too early to see if it’s making a difference. The market penetration is too small.
This MetaFAQs reports on the percentage of online adults in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and China who actively use a wireless item tracker such as from Tile or Apple’s AirTag. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1025_tile] in TUP Lenses: Consumer Electronics; Technology Ecosystems
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
Remote workers use their devices for the most hours – Employees who work remotely tend to spend more time on their devices compared to those exclusively working from office locations. While the time spent on computers, smartphones, or tablets doesn’t directly equate to productivity, it may hint at heightened work activity, especially as remote work often translates to digital meetings. Notably, the difference in device usage hours is most prominent among workers in Japan and Germany. The disparity is most evident when comparing computer usage based on remote work status. This MetaFAQs reports on the mean and median number of hours employees in the US, Germany, UK, Japan, and China use their connected devices – computers, smartphones, and tablets, as well as with each device type. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1011_prod] in TUP Lenses: Devices; User Profile; Work/Life Balance
Gamers pass the halfway mark – Over half of the online adults in the US, UK, and highly-educated segments in China regularly play games using their connected devices. While Generation Z leads in game-playing rates, it’s a popular activity across all age groups. Interestingly, there’s no single predominant device for gaming. Smartphones are more prevalent for gaming than consoles among adults in many countries, particularly among Gen X and Boomers. While gaming PCs are gaining traction, their presence is still less than most platforms, barring tablets. Notably, only a minority of Gen X and Boomer players prefer tablets over gaming PCs. This MetaFAQs provides the detailed penetration of game-playing activity, segmented by platform, country, and generation. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1009_game] in TUP Lenses: User Profile; Activities; Game Consoles, Gaming PCs, and Game-Playing