Skip to comments.TVs fade out as technology takes over
Posted on 09/14/2006 7:37:16 AM PDT by qam1
If you had to choose between your PC, TV set or mobile phone, which one would you pick?
That was one of the questions researcher Forrester posed to almost 4800 households in the US and, although the TV set still ruled the roost in most homes, the study showed that it was no longer the top gadget of choice among the young and prosperous.
Forrester found that less than 20 per cent of the gen Y group (aged 18-26) ranked TVs top compared with the 37 per cent who rated their PCs as the most important. A further 27 per cent preferred their mobile phones, while the remainder nominated other gadgets.
Among the older gen X age group (27-40) only a quarter of respondents gave their TV set the highest rating against a more substantial 28 per cent who preferred their PCs, with only 19 per cent nominating their mobile phone.
Those earning above $US75,000 ($100,000) a year also had a marked preference for their PCs with 32 per cent electing them as their favourite devices compared with the 27 per cent who nominated their TVs. However most of those earning under $US75,000 still preferred their TVs.
TVs also triumphed among older age groups, and they claimed top spot overall with nearly a third (32 per cent) of all those surveyed still nominating them as the most important device in their lives, compared with 21 per cent who preferred their PCs (desktop or laptop). Mobile phones, meanwhile, ranked third as the must-have device for only one in seven.
Forrester said: "It's inevitable that TVs' long reign as the most important device in consumers' lives will come to a close as computers, cell phones and other connected devices transfer control over entertainment, communications, media and creativity to consumers."
But with 54 per cent of homes expected to own an HDTV by 2011, the researcher added: "The TV set isn't dead, it's just shifting to become only one of many devices that advertisers, content owners and distributors and media companies should live with in the TV present while preparing for the PC and cell phone future."
LOL, that and the Fairly Oddparents are the only two shows I get to watch these days.
At those speeds, instead of waiting for a broadcast you will program a home media server machine to automatically download all your favorite programs at 100 mbps or higher broadband speeds maybe twice a day; that way, when you turn on your TV set you will automatically get a list of programs ready to watch anytime you want.
Do you have a PC?
Computer/PC/Laptop is the first choice for me (along with the requisite Internet connection).
I don't understand why people get such gadget ladden phones.
If they would adopt a slightly larger piece of equipment, they could have a mini-computer capable of even playing back a DVD/CD (think of something the size of a portable DVD player, about 1/3 the size of a laptop).
You'd get a "real" keyboard, a "real" video screen, CD access (for software, pictures, music) and COULD STILL store "i-pod" like music on it. DVD/CD/MP3/phone (with earphone)/radio wireless device.
But it wouldn't fit in your pocket. (unless you got bigger/deeper pockets or put it in the breast pocket of your jacket). Then again, Sony originally developed a pocket sized radio by making their own shirts with a slightly bigger pocket...
A computer without the internet wouldn't rank nearly as highly for these plugged in people.
Going to have to go with the PC on this one. Add some components to a PC, and you'll have all the important funtionality of a phone or TV. I've yet to see a cell phone or TV that has the processing power to function as a full-time PC.
LOL at # 16. However, without television having offered up some worthwhile moments, I wouldn't be able to smile at the parallels with the classic William Shatner / SNL "Get a Life" skit.
Just wondering what kind of a laptop you chose. I am in the market for a new one, with a 17" screen.
Love Spongebob and Fairly Oddparents (although the newer Spongebob shows kinda suck and aren't as funny as the older ones.)
As it is, many "new" broadcasts are repeated even within the first week of airing. The shared experience of "everyone" watching the same thing at the same time seems to only hold for sports, award shows, election results, and tragedies anymore.
The rapid pace of technological and social change has my head spinning...I'm 54.
Same in our house! And, why is that with Spongebob? I simply cannot figure this out.
Have you checked this one: VANITY: Any (constructive) Advice on a new laptop -- j/k
You can take my computer when you can pry it from my cold, dead hands.
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