How many British households need to own a tablet device before they cease to be just a groovy fad? According to new figures by Ofcom, half of UK already homes have at least one tablet. And they appear to be here to stay if these numbers are anything to go by. In fact, Ofcom projects that in 2016 as many as 74% of people between 16 and 54 will own a tablet device of some kind.
Some other interesting figures from this survey:
According to Ofcom research, seven in ten (71%) children aged 5-15 had access to a tablet at home by the end of 2014, up from just over half (51%) in 2013.
And many kids do not even have to share a tablet with their parents. One in three children (34%) aged 5-15 have their own device – up from one in five (19%) in 2013.
However, one interesting takeaway from these figures and the attitudes that can be gleaned from the surveys is that tablets are still (as of 2014) seen as leisure devices by most users, with gaming and watching video top of their list in terms of usage.
It will be interesting to see whether people’s perceptions change (or not) as mobile devices such as tablets begin to become more commonplace and be put to scholarly use in schools.