Technology keeps New Zealanders indoor

IDCBeautiful scenery, spectacular views and natural landscape make New Zealand a wonderful place to delight in outdoor activities. It’s no wonder then that New Zealanders are known to spend lots of time enjoying  outdoor activities.

However, technology seems to be changing the way New Zealanders live. According to IDC, New Zealand consumers are choosing to go out less often for shopping and leisure activities, as they prefer to do these activities in the comfort of their own home, thanks to advances in technology.

The new data reveals that 47 percent of respondents would prefer to do personal shopping online, rather than in a physical store.

IDC’s 2014 ConsumerScape 360º study entitled The Evolving Consumer highlights how  New Zealand (and worldwide) consumers continue to adapt to changes in technology, having a considerable effect on their preferences, behaviour and buying patterns.

ConsumerScape 360º surveyed around 1,500 New Zealand homes (over 50,000 households globally) to identify the current use, purchase intentions and brand perceptions across the consumer electronics and IT segments.

The study shows New Zealand consumers are adopting more innovative technologies as smartphones, tablets and smart TVs are all becoming more common household items.  However, the survey also shows that the availability of these devices, as well as improved internet access and changing demands, has caused a shift in how consumers are behaving.

“The survey captures the changing dynamics of New Zealand consumers, both in the home and online,” said Shane Minogue, Senior Telecommunications Analyst of IDC. “Adoption of innovative devices such as smartphones, tablets and smart TVs continues to grow and this is having an effect on how consumers act in their everyday lives. Consumers prefer to interact with their personal devices rather than use traditional means; whether this is  catching up with friends, reading the news or watching a movie. Their behaviour is shifting dramatically!”

IDC’s ConsumerScape 360º highlights how 37% of NZ respondents would prefer to watch a movie at home rather than watch one at the cinema. In addition, it shows how an increased number of consumers are now streaming or downloading video from the internet.

While there have been some improvements to content availability in the last year, the study shows that New Zealand consumers have a strong appetite for online video and if better content was made available, there would be a considerable increase in streaming and downloading of online video.

“We have recently seen the introduction of unlimited data broadband offerings by a number of broadband providers and the widespread availability of faster internet (through fibre and VDSL), showing how the barriers to online video adoption are falling. These advances, coupled with further improvements in content offerings, will motivate consumers to go online and interact with video,” said Minogue.

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