Communication platforms – fast, now, or visible? [TUPdate]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, March 12, 2021

The frustrated plea “can you hear me now?” has evolved to include “can you see me now?” During pandemic and suddenly-working-at-home times, video calls have driven home the importance of having a robust, fast, and synchronous connection. Asynchronous activities such as text messaging and email don’t have the same need for speed and an instantaneous persistent connection.

It got me wondering – are people choosing one device over another for communication that demands higher-bandwidth or low-latency connections? Is there an age difference preference for right-now synchronous versus later-on asynchronous communication activities? Furthermore, are there other aspects beyond bandwidth and immediacy that encourage people to choose one device over another for certain types of communications? Are video work meetings, for example, more PC-based than smartphone-based?

So, I investigated our results from TUP/Technology User Profile 2020 to compare how widely communication activities are in regular use. I netted together asynchronous activities separately from synchronous ones. Then, I looked at differences by device type – smartphone, home PC, and tablet. I also looked at differences by age group, knowing that younger adults often have different sensibilities and experiences around communication than older or the oldest adults.

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Active use of social networks Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp by country [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 28, 2020

How many adults actively use Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp? How does this vary by country? How has their share shifted over time? This MetaFAQs shows the number of online adults who reported using these social networks in the previous 30 days in the US, Germany, and the UK.

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Active use of Instagram by age group and country [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 18, 2020

How many adults regularly use Instagram? Is there an age skew? How does any age skew vary by country? This MetaFAQs reports on the active use of Instagram by age group and country.

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Active use of Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp by age group and country [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 13, 2020

Net usage of any of the three major Facebook platforms – Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp – reflects a reach into the majority of online adults. However, this market penetration varies by age group and country. This MetaFAQs reports on the market penetration for users of any of these three platforms in the US, UK, and Germany across four age groups.

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Active use of Facebook by age group and country [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 12, 2020

How has Facebook’s active market penetration changes over the last five years? Where does it stand today? How does this compare by age group and country? This MetaFAQs shows the reported active use of Facebook by four age groups in the US, UK, and Germany between 2016 and 2020.

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Synchronous or asynchronous communication – checking age preference [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 11, 2020

Communication is a vital and regular activity for connected devices. There are many choices – email, phone calls, video calls, video meetings, group chats – and the experience is different for each type. This MetaFAQs looks at asynchronous communication activities – those where the communicators don’t need to be engaged at the same time – to see how widespread their use is by age. It also looks at synchronous activities – where communications are in touch at the same time – to see how their usage levels vary.

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Wireless Bluetooth headsets by smartphone operating system [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 8, 2020

Who uses wireless Bluetooth headsets more – iPhone users or Android smartphone users? This MetaFAQs reports on the relative popularity between the two ecosystems and splitting out whether in-ear or over-the-ear designs are used more than the other.

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Employee’s video calls/meetings by device type [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 3, 2020

Employees are busy having video calls, meetings, and group chats and are using a wide range of devices. While smartphones are a top platform, home PCs, work PCs, and even tablets are regularly used. There are some differences by employer size and country. This MetaFAQs reports on the devices used for video calls/conferences by employer organization size and device type.

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Employees in video calls/conferences by employer size [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 30, 2020

Meetings! They don’t stop because of video conferencing, video calls, or group chats. This MetaFAQs details the share of employees who regularly connect online using smartphones, PCs, tablets, or even game consoles. The results are split out by employer size to show whether there is a difference between smaller or larger employers.

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The mobility of tablets [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 28, 2020

Tablets are made to be mobile, but are they being used that way? Have tablets made inroads into the workplace or schools? This MetaFAQs reports on the locations that tablets are being used among online adults in three countries and over five years.

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