Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Content Consumption is Now the Top "Purpose" of a PC

Tablet Content Activities of US Tablet Users, March 2012 (% of respondents)"Games" now are the number two most popular tablet activity, surpassed only by accessing the Internet, a study by Frank N. Magid Associates has found.

In fact, the list of top activities conducted on tablets shows the evolution of the personal computer, one might argue. In the 1980s, when PCs first were adopted in significant value, it was the spreadsheet and financial analysis that created the driver for adoption by businesses.

A variety of other business uses then developed, including desktop publishing. PCs became useful for consumers for other reasons, but included the ability to work and communicate "at home."But the new consumer killer application seems to be content consumption.

Significantly, the top apps on smart phones aren't all that different from what is done on tablets, the study also found. 

Of course, mobile devices are multiple-function appliances to a greater extent than tablets or PCs. Even so, calling is only a percentage of total activities smart phone owners now conduct on their devices. 

The big change is that content consumption activities apparently had grown to represent about half of all the time spend interacting with, and using, a mobile device, in 2011, according to comScore. 

The point is that the "purpose" of using a computing appliance has changed. For the most part, people rely on "computers" for media consumption. 

Mobile Content Activities of US Smartphone Users, March 2012 (% of respondents)

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