In the latest quarterly update of the Ipsos Tech Tracker smartphone usage is seen to increase when children are preoccupied, with social media as the stand out activity across all age groups. Surprisingly, eating dinner is the situation were mobiles and tablets are used the least by both parents and children. Only 7% of children are permitted to use a smartphone or tablet at the dinner table, and 8% when out for a family meal.
Smartphone ownership is almost universal amongst AB’s under the age of 44, though Android and iPhone ownership remains stable vs. previous waves. As well as increased ownership of smartphones, their capabilities continue to increase with 73% of smartphone owners using their device to read or send emails in the past 3 months.
At Ipsos Connect, we have been tracking Media, Content and Technology trends since 2006, providing robust and in-depth insight into tech ownership, internet access, content consumption and the connected home. Each quarter we share our findings with our clients and are delighted to invite you to view or download our report and interactive brochure.
Our most recent wave of fieldwork was conducted, using our face-to-face omnibus. We talked to a representative sample of circa 1,000 consumers from across Great Britain, including: (Circa)
- 500 tablet owners
- 650 smartphone owners
- 600 social networkers
- 410 gamers, including 250 Wii owners; 100 PS3 owners and 150 Xbox 360 owners.
The tech sector always bets that product quality will override privacy concerns
Probably the most common criticism levelled at the tech sector is the one about privacy – the sense that the tech sector, or government enabled by the tech sector, are collecting far more data on individuals than they should, and that the data is then being sold or used for unclear purposes. While the tech sector sticks closely to its cherished, and well-proven, ideology that positive user experience nearly always mitigates these concerns in practice, it is also true that the concerns of pro-privacy groups within society, and government, are getting louder and more prominent.