View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Networks
August 1, 2013

Living room equals media zone

The living room is now a media zone where familes watch TV while using tablets and smartphones.

By Cbr Rolling Blog

Mobile user

The traditional living room is the place for family members to relax together, withdraw from work and virtualisation. Or is it?

A study by communications regulator Ofcom has found that the living room is now a media room where familes watch TV while using tablets and smartphones.

Ofcom’s annual State of Nation report revealed that an increasing number of families are watching shows together again, with 91% watching it every week. However, around half of the households also spend the time sending messages, tweeting, online shopping and even watching other programmes. And half of adults now own a smartphone, while the amount of tablets has more than doubled to around a quarter.

But are these tools ironically disconnecting us from the people closest to us? Don’t get me wrong, I’m aware of the business and social benefits in owning a smartphone, but I’m also aware of the benefits associated with family gatherings. It’s a chance to relax and listen to one another, thereby enhancing the quality of life. But when you’re on the smartphone, listening to one another and treating them with the same respect and interest that you’d like to be treated with becomes more difficult. Or does it?

Let us know your thoughts.

Content from our partners
Infosecurity Europe 2024: Rethink the power of infosecurity
Rethinking cloud: challenging assumptions, learning lessons
DTX Manchester welcomes leading tech talent from across the region and beyond

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU