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Monday, March 19, 2018

Smart Speakers Addictive?

In what sense?  Because they are frequently always on, perhaps, but because they use voice as assistants I find  myself using them less than smartphone in public or semi-public situations.

How addictive are smart speakers?  by Tom Ryan  in Retailwire.

According to the latest Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research, 65 percent of voice-activated smart speaker owners “wouldn’t want to go back to life without” their Amazon Echo or Google Home.

That finding exceeded the 46 percent of Americans who told Pew Research Center in 2014 they “couldn’t live without” their smartphones.

One caveat from NPR’s survey last November of 1,800 consumers is the finding that only 16 percent of Americans own a smart speaker. But the survey still demonstrated how smart speakers are changing behaviors and causing owners to form new habits.

For instance, when smart speaker owners were asked what other devices they are spending less time with as they use they increase their smart speaker usage, the top answer was traditional radio, at 39 percent. That was followed in the top-five by smartphones, 34 percent; television, 30 percent; tablets, 27 percent; and computers, 26 percent.  .... "

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