The pandemic has increased the use of gadgets in the average U.S. household to 25 connected devices, up from 11 in 2019, including laptops, smartphones, streaming devices, smart TVs, headphones, and game consoles, according to a Deloitte report.
The home has become the hub of activities, with kids studying and playing games online, and adults working from home, juggling video calls, digital shopping, and virtual doctor appointments.
“The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic was like a time machine that suddenly carried us tens of years into the future,” said Paul Silverglate, vice chairman of the multinational services company Deloitte.
“It has changed the way we interact with our connected devices and ultimately helped consumers, healthcare providers, education professionals, technology innovators and others adapt, innovate and thrive in our daily lives,” he said.
Fitness emerged as a key topic in the Deloitte survey, with 58% of households owning a smartwatch or fitness tracker, while 14% of device owners bought their fitness equipment after the pandemic began.
About 55% of people use their gadgets to measure walking steps and athletic performance, track heart health, and monitor sleep and calories.
Despite the increase in the number of devices, a third of respondents say they feel overwhelmed by the devices and subscriptions they need to manage.
© Thomson Reuters 2021