For a company like TeamViewer, having multiple devices from which to communicate with each other is expected. But how many of us actually have multiple devices? And to what degree do we rely on them? Thanks to a survey commissioned by TeamViewer and conducted by Harris Interactive, they found that 63% of Americans say they use at least two computing devices on a weekly basis. Overall, 30% said they are now using more computing devices than in any prior year.
Multiples Devices You Can Leave Home Without
Having more than one device (defined as computers such as desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones and portable gaming devices) is definitely convenient, but we know how frustrating it can be when you can’t find what you’re looking for. Even the best document sharing apps or bookmarking tools can’t make up for not being able to find what you want when you want it from the right device. That’s why TeamViewer’s remote access capabilities can be particularly helpful, whether your other device is across the room, across town or across the globe
Respondents agree. The survey found that 83% consider the freedom of remote access to their work or home computer helpful. In fact, there are a few scenarios in which they deem it almost necessary to do so. Many of them speak to our inability to leave our work behind. Whether on vacation (74%), at a sporting event (29%), or on their honeymoon (17%), we Americans can’t resist using all their applications and data, no matter how many different devices they have.
More Mobility, More Work?
You may want to blame TeamViewer for enabling our preoccupation with work, but that’s like blaming a chef for bringing us our favorite meal. TeamViewer didn’t create our work ethic or inability to live in the moment, it’s just capitalizing on it. In fact, it is merely catering to a demographic:
- 35% of men own 3 to 5 devices (compared to 27% of women),
- Men aged 35-44 are more likely than their younger counterparts (men age 18-34) to use this many (48% vs. 39%, respectively)
- Men are more likely than women to believe someone would want access to their work or home computer while shopping with a spouse (41% vs. 31%) or while on a date (13% vs. 9%).
You may also want to blame men, or the technology, but it’s probably most useful to implement mobile work policies that outline reasonable expectations and promote a healthy work/life balance. Valuing employees’ free time just as much as their billable hours may improve productivity because they are able to relax without worry.