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Less than 40% of IoT consumers consider themselves reliant on their connected devices

A large part of the point of the IoT revolution was to automate the home. (Source: uxdesign.cc)
A large part of the point of the IoT revolution was to automate the home. (Source: uxdesign.cc)
Most people who own connected devices appear not to need them in their everyday lives. This is one of the findings of a new study into IoT use in the home and similar settings. 29% of these users were unsure of how their data was used across all their devices.

Clutch, a company that conducts business-to-business research and reviews has released the results of a study it completed in the area of personal or home internet-of-things- (IoT) connected devices and how their owners feel about them. The company found that only 36% of the owner group they surveyed reported feeling 'dependent' on their devices. 

The remaining 64% said that they only used their connected devices when they needed to call up information that was important to them. This data was mostly of a personal or healthcare nature. On that note, the study also discovered that only 40% of the group were aware that their personal data could be shared across their devices. Another 29% of them reported that they didn't know whether their data was shared or not. 

In addition, it is also apparent from this study that consumers do not use their new tech as completely intended (e.g. to set up unified home-automation networks controlled from 1 device such as a phone or home assistant). Only 9% of their participants networked their devices in this way. Clutch cited a lack of compatibility across different devices as a factor in this phenomenon.  

Other recent studies have suggested that the IoT market will experience considerable growth over the next few years. This work also indicated that major barriers to this progress could be the reluctance of consumers to expose their personal data to connected devices and impaired compatibility. These indications appears to have been borne out in the new Clutch study. 

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-10-25 (Update: 2018-10-27)