In 2016, at this point, almost 10 years after the release of the first Iphone and six after the first Ipad came out (yes, we’re that old) we all realise how much time we spend on our smart devices. We’re all aware how much we need them, whether we are using them for serious purposes or just for entertainment.
Yet, if we look at the figures, the stats are still surprising. Just three years ago a Nielsen study, conducted in the U.S, U.K and Italy, found that in all three countries people were spending more time on their mobiles than their PCs. Another interesting stat, is that TV still dominates overall monthly usage, although that could change in the future.
AVERAGE TIME SPENT PER PERSON BY PLATFORM
|Monthly TV time spent||185 hours||129 hours, 54 minutes||143 hours, 20 minutes|
|Monthly online time spent||26 hours, 58 minutes||29 hours, 14 minutes||18 hours, 7 minutes|
|Monthly mobile time spent||34 hours, 21 minutes||41 hours, 42 minutes||37 hours, 12 minutes|
The portability and practical convenience of these devices made them the real technological revolution in recent years, one that could mark the end of PCs. According to the International Data Corporation, 87% of connected devices sales in 2017 will be Smartphones and Tablets. In addition, market share will be at 5%, whereas in 2013 it was 8.6%.
However, even if smartphones and tablets are more popular today, PCs still play a relevant factor in our lives. The main reason is there are still things that a smart device can’t do. I prefer to use a PC to write essays, articles or for any other academic purpose.
I just don’t feel comfortable enough when dealing with a touchscreen keyboard and a screen smaller than 15″. Moreover, many softwares still require an actual computer. An example could be Adobe’s editing softwares as well as more elaborate video games that mobiles cannot yet support from both a technical standpoint and an overall experience one.