A Connected Lifestyle Is What Everybody Wants the Most in the Present TimesSpending | January 28, 2010 at 1:05 am
We all know that man is a social animal. This snippet of enlightenment has stood the test of time and whatever he does and whatever be the changes in his socio-eco-technological environment, he’ll always want to socialize. In a world, where most placid lifestyles have metamorphosed into fast ones with no time to even say “hello” to a close friend, it appeared for a while as though this basic tendency and need of human beings was being threatened of extinction, but once again, going by the saying “ where there’s a will there’s a way”, the will found out the way- humans started finding ways to socialize despite their non-social lifestyle demands- they have come up with electronic technology and gadgets that allowed them to socialize well and stay connected with the rest of the world. Today, even though a techie like me hardly finds any time to visit a friend’s house, I’m always in touch with my friend- even better than before! Thanks to Skype and Facebook and of course to my laptop that has allowed me to achieve this.
The need for staying connected is so compelling that despite the recession people have bought electronic gadgets more than ever! In fact, those were the only items that were in high demand in the past holidays. The sales of laptops, cellphones, smartphones and other gadgets that allowed you to stay connected with the world of entertainment and socialization remained high. If you want to know which connectivity items were on high demand check out this Mintblog infographic.
If you go by demand, in the gone holidays, laptops and notebooks top the list. I’m surprised to note that smartphones which most of us are crazy about come last on the list. Was that because of their high prices? Amongst the first three items on high demand, are portable digital media and Mp3 players, and next, a flat pane TV figure up. I’m surprised once again, to find video games as the fourth strongly wished for item! Looks like people want to stick to the old but proven items of entertainment. The demand for a digital camera is exactly midway in the top ten list. The demand for the iphone takes a backseat by being 7th out of 10.
Now, let’s see the actual sales figures of the different items. Though laptops top the list of gadgets in demand, when it came to actual sales, Portable MP3 players/ Digital Media Players overtook them by topping the list. Again it could be the price or the necessity for greater media connectivity that made this happen. Video games that were third on the demand list, shot up to the second position in the actual sales top 10 lists. Though you find the sales of GPS gadgets occupying the 7th position in the list of 10, smartphones don’t figure out anywhere on the list!
Despite the drop in holiday shopping percentage over 2008, and 2007, by 3 % and 18 % respectively, there is a rise in the sale of gift items. Consumers have spent 13 % more on electronic gift items and as the sales price of these has gone down, the final conclusion is that consumers are getting more value for their money. So on the whole you as an electronic gadget shopper, has gained.