According to a recent study by Newark element14, people in developing countries such as China and India are much more bullish on connectivity in their lives than those in developed countries. Those in developed economies are more cautious about prevalent connectivity. The study quizzed more than 3,500 people in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on issues of Internet connectivity.
Asia: The more connectivity the better
On average, 31% of consumers in Australia, France, Germany, the UK and the US agree that the more devices in their home that connect to the Internet, the better. This figure more than doubles to 71% for consumers in both China and India. Respondents in China and India are also more likely to agree with the statement, "The more of the world that is connected to the Internet, the better." On this statement, 73% in China agree and 86% in India agree. In Australia, France, Germany, the UK, and the US, the average agreement is 55%.
People in China and India are also much more open to wearing a connected device such as a smartwatch or smartglasses, with 66% in China and 63% in India agreeing they would wear one. On average, only 26% agreed in developed countries.
With regards to the privacy implications of IoT, those in France expressed the most concern, with 81% agreeing privacy was a serious issue. The average number across all geographies was only marginally lower at 77%.
US hits connectivity overload
Eighty percent of those in the US are concerned about the privacy implications of having more elements of their work and life connected to the Internet. Only 5% are not concerned. Sixty-four percent are concerned with being inundated with alerts, notifications, and messages from their home's increasingly connected devices. Clearly, these types of technologies will need to become automated.
Nineteen percent of respondents -- only one in five -- say they would allow a chip to be implanted in their body if it made life easier. Among those ages 18 to 24, the number jumps to 33%. The percentage rises to 37% if it comes with "great medical benefits." Among those ages 18 to 24, that number jumps to 44%.
Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine, Chile Pepper.