My generation is known for many things but one that stands out dramatically from the rest is our love for technology. It is easy to say that my generation has spent more money on electronic devices than any other. Now to be fair, this generation has more devices and technologies to choose from than any of the generations before it.
Oh how we love it! Technology in this day and age has started to change many parts of our lives for the better although some would also say for the worse. What are the most popular devices in the market right now? Well it’s a good question and as I looked into it deeper I was shocked by some of the top items and didn’t expect the number one slot. To do this study I did some Bing searches and also tracked what my friends and I like to buy ourselves. If you feel like the list doesn’t reflect this generation, well, just tweet about it. 😉
Not really a surprise here. I almost put it higher on the list than five because gaming is just a way of life for many of my generation. Kids who grew up when video games first started coming out are now grown up with jobs (hopefully) and are still playing. Gaming is so popular now that people actually make money off of gaming or posting their game footage on YouTube. Consoles and games are purchased by the millions and that’s not including the online or PC gaming market. Companies like Xbox and Playstation are getting more and more advanced as technology improves. The gaming market will only grow more.
Doesn’t matter who makes them but since the tablet came out, with the iPad first on the market, we have been flooded with devices designed to be a hybrid of your smartphone and computer. Tablets come in many shapes and sizes with companies like Apple and Microsoft taking different but comparable routes to the same device. Now, I have to give props to Apple for starting this whole business or I wouldn’t be typing this blog on my Surface right now. But thanks to competitive thinking each company (including Google) have continued to improve upon their designs. The whole iPad, Surface, Nexus, market is built off of my generations love for a device that is compact and thinner than a computer but not lacking power. The iPad may dominate the market for now, but I think Android and Windows will soon be running toe to toe with them.
#3 High-end Headphones (aka Beats):
Let’s face it, if you’re an audiophile or anyone who loves to make or break down music in its purist form, you’re not going to like what I’m about to say. Beats by Dre rule the market. It baffles so many tech geeks like myself why roughly 64% of the headphone buying market buys the Beats brand. As a Beats fan I admit that my headphones aren’t going to be the best I can buy for that money. But what company makes an effort to build appeal, popularity, and elegant design into their product? Beats, Monster, even Bose now seem to focus more on their advertising rather than being the best sounding headphone ever made. Why? Because people don’t care. True, they don’t want cheap stuff but they also don’t want ugly stuff. Nike looks cooler than boat shoes (let’s be real) and the cool factor makes them seem so much better.
If you’re raising your eyebrows right now or questioning my sanity please hear me out. The smartphone in this day and age is only second to one other technology. I was baffled myself until I gave it some thought and when it clicked it seemed quite amazing that the device we use everyday, the one we cant put down, the one who forces restaurants to offer charging cables, the one who changed the way of life could somehow be topped. Smartphones are everything right? Well you are forgetting one thing…..what they use.
Ok. I kinda tricked you there. Apps are always connected to smartphones but they are also the foundation of tablets, computers, and of course smartphones. When Apple released the iPhone in 2007 they actually created a new wave of technology that even now is so overused we don’t even notice the difference.
Apps or applications are the top tech of both teens and adults worldwide. Period. So many people own a smartphone now that we automatically see apps and smartphones as one. But since one is software and the other is hardware they are actually separate. Apps allow us to open up our world but also make it smaller and more reachable than ever. App integration is so deep that we don’t even know what our lives would be like now without them. Apps are everything and almost anything can be integrated into an app. They are almost a second skin.
This list is not only the top five tech for us teens but rather everyone in the world. But I do think those top two items have been popularized by teenagers and have been pushed into the limelight thanks to our love for social media.
What is your favorite tech item? Which one do you think impacts your life the most?