According to a Deloitte report, the pandemic has boosted use of gadgets in an average home to 25 connected devices, up from 11 in 2019, including laptops, smartphones, smart TVs, headphones and gaming consoles.
The home has become the centre of activities with children learning and playing games online and adults working from home, digitally making video calls, shopping and conducting exams online virtually.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was like a time machine that suddenly propelled us further into the future, said Paul Silverglate, Vice Chairman of Deloitte, the multinational Professional Services Company.
It has changed how 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.
The fitness agenda was identified by Deloitte as a key theme in the survey, with 58% households having a fitness tracker or smartwatch while 14% of device owners bought fitness gadgets after the pandemic started.
More than 55% of people use their gadgets to track walking steps and athletic performance, track heart health and monitor sleep and calories.
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