While North America continues to account for the world’s largest share of the smart home market, a new study conducted by the National Smart Home Survey revealed that people over the age of 60 in the United States are more “extremely aware” about the evolving technology than their younger peers.
According to reports, 15.09 percent of those over 60 are “extremely aware and has multiple smart home devices at home,” compared to 7.95 percent for the 45-59 age group, and 13.27 percent for 30-44, and 10.21 percent for 18-29, respectively.
The same survey also revealed that the older generation fell far behind the younger populace in the “No Awareness” category, with 11.32 percent for those over 60, while the 45-59 age group accounted for 15.06 percent, and 20.42 percent for 18-29.
The results of the study have since stirred a huge debacle amongst netizens and pundits the world over, citing online banters that “wisdom does come with age.”
However, analysts and observers believe that even though the younger age groups tend to show interest in smart home products, the older generation are more likely to actually make a purchase, citing that the outcome was mainly tied to financial reasons.
But regardless of the rhetoric, the poll goes to show that old assumptions are not always accurate, in that older people are the ones most likely to be disengaged from technology. But on the contrary, they can also become tech-savvy.
Popular Smart Home Devices
According to statistics provided by the National Smart Home Survey, the smart thermostat currently remains as the most popular smart home device in the United States, accounting for 37.7 percent of the total.
This is followed by motion sensors 14.5 percent, light switches at 9.9, garage doors at 7.8, smart outlets at 6.8, window sensors 6.5, locks, 5.5, heat sensors 3.9, moisture sensors 3.6, HVAC monitors 2.3, and smart showers at 1.6 percent.
The report also revealed that those polled have shown more interests in devices with safety features. Among the 1,028 people surveyed across the U.S., 444 respondents said they are more interested in devices that warns against fire, flood, and burglary.
Statistics provided by National Smart Home Survey