I don’t know about you, but spending too much time away from a computer can be a bit nerve-wracking. While withdrawal-like symptoms might be a problem for some, they show just how large a part of our lives computers have become. They’re about as ubiquitous as TVs are in the U.S. to some of us. A home without a computer seems strange, foreign. Turns out that’s not too far from the truth.
According to a Research and Markets report of computers in the U.S. in 2008, about 80 percent of homes currently have a desktop or notebook computer. While the report is a whopping 111 pages, and costs € 2,995, the important information for those of us not in the business side of things is already right there. An average of four out of every five homes having a computer is a big deal, especially if that last 20 percent of those homes might have access to computers in some other way.
The report shows he trends of the industry and where it could be going. It cites both Windows 7 and cloud computing as being “on the horizon,” with both being huge factors this year, and probably beyond it.
Looking through the table of contents for the report, the most interesting section to me would have to be “18-24 year-olds less engaged with the PC.” I don’t know who the conductors of the study talked to, or if I’m just misreading the title, but computers (the Internet more specifically) are a huge part of the lives of many 18-24 year-olds. Were it not for computers, it would be difficult for them to buy certain things, write papers for college, or communicate with family and friends when at college or on break. Then again, it could just mean that they’re less engaged with the machines themselves, and more so with the Internet.
Read [Research and Markets]