Your tablet is a homebody. And you love it more than any other tech gizmo in the house.
A new study by Viacom shows that three-fourths of tablet usage occurs at home, and that tablet usage is mostly a solitary activity. The "Tapping Into Tabletomics" study draws on a national online survey of more than 2500 people ages 8 to 54, as well as interviews with "dedicated" tablet users in Los Angeles and New York, Viacom says.
The preference for home "tableting" may explain why slate owners overwhelming prefer Wi-Fi-only devices over those with cellular connections.
I Love My Tablet
One peculiar finding of the Viacom survey reveals that tablet users have a stronger emotional bond with their slates than they do with other consumer devices.
More than half of respondents said their tablets make them feel "happier and more relaxed;" 40 percent said their slate "brings out the best in me."
Here's how one respondent summarized her feelings for her tablet: "The iPad is my form of entertainment, relaxation, fun, and opportunity to get information. It's my personal space, in a sense."
PCs and smartphones aren't as loved as tablets, either. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they'd replace their laptop before their tablet, and more than three-fourths would replace their iPhone before their iPad.
Somewhere, an iPhone 4S is Crying.
Other key findings of the Viacom study:
- 62 percent of tablet owners use their slates daily
- Daily users spend about 2.4 hours per day with their tablets
- 85 percent of tablet use is for personal, not business, activity
- Most tablet-based "media activities," such as playing games and watching TV, peak with users between 18 and 24.
- Tablets have surpassed computers as a "second-screen device" for viewing full-length TV shows.
Do you have strong feelings for your tablet? Let us know.