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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Tablets dissolving into a split market [TUPdate]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts – January 7, 2021

Active tablet use by country and year

Tablets have been declining in widespread active use over the last five years. Among American online adults, the penetration rate for actively using a tablet has dropped from 60% in 2016 to 36% in 2020. Usage rates have similarly dropped among online adults in the UK and Germany.

While US and UK usage rates have been similar, tablet use in Germany has trailed.

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How many gamers? [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 15, 2020

How many gamers are there? Is the market size big or small? Are the people that play games online or with their connected devices a small group of busy, fun-loving people, or is game-playing more widespread? This MetaFAQs answers the baseline question about how many millions of adults in the US, Germany, UK, and Japan use a game console, gaming desktop, gaming notebook, or even smartphones, PCs, tablets, or game consoles to play immersive games or other games. The results are based on TUP/Technology User Profile 2020.

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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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Tablet game playing by household size [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 24, 2020

Are tablets being used to play games? Is the share higher or lower among households with more persons? This MetaFAQs reports on the percent of online adults regularly playing a game using a tablet by household size and country.

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Remote home control gaining acceptance [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 20, 2020

Managing one’s castle electronically continues to be the dream of many tech-savvy people, and is inching closer to wider acceptance. Remote control of home lighting, security, or temperature are done with PCs, smartphones, or tablets. This MetaFAQs reports on the penetration of remote home control by device type and country.

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News, sports, and weather – for all ages not all devices [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 5, 2020

Some information such as news, sports, and weather are most useful when they’re current and easily available. There are many ways to get this information across smartphones, PCs, or tablets. Some users are more actively intent on tapping into this information, and different age groups prefer different devices. This MetaFAQs reports on the active use of checking the news, sports, and weather information by smartphone, PC, tablet, or across all three. Further, it reports on activity levels by age group and country.

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Top tablet activities by country [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, October 17, 2020

How are users using tablets? What are the main activities used on their tablets? Does this vary by country? This MetaFAQs reports on the top 12 activities regularly used on the primary tablet of online adults in the US, the UK, and Germany.

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Top work-related tablet activities by country [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, October 10, 2020

During the COVID pandemic, many employees were suddenly working from home. Many tapped into their personally-owned devices to get work done. This MetaFAQs looks at the work-related activities being regularly done using a tablet among online adults in the US, the UK, and Germany.

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