US has more Internet devices than people

NPD report says 425 million Web-connected pieces of tech can be found in American homes, including 39 million consoles

The industry-tracking NPD Group's latest Connected Home report has found more Internet-connected devices in American homes than actual Americans. While the US Census Bureau estimates more than 315 million residents in the US, the NPD Group says they're using 425 million gadgets to get online.

Gaming consoles were the third largest category of online device in the NPD Group's report, with 39 million systems hooked up in the US. That was only bested by desktops/laptops (183.8 million) and smartphones (133 million). The report found 31.8 million tablets in the US, 16 million HDTVs directly online, 12.9 million Blu-ray players, and 8.5 million streaming media boxes.

The report is based on a survey of 4,000 US adults conducted in the last quarter of 2012. It omitted from the count E-readers, routers, cable TV boxes, and anything Internet-capable but not actually hooked up.

Looking ahead, the NPD Group expects the second-screen experience and integration between TVs and mobile phones to push the market.

"Through 2013, multi-screen and multi-device synergy will lead the growth in the broader connected device market, but only if services consumers desire are delivered in a simplistic manner," said John Buffone, director of the NPD's Connected Intelligence team. "In this connected world, content providers and consumer technology OEMs need to determine the optimal mix of services and have them on the right devices."

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Paul Jace Merchandiser 6 years ago
And in other news it's been reported that there are more dvd players in houses than the actual number of residents. Full story at 11.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 4th January 2013 12:42am

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 6 years ago
Heh - do tell, Paul. I have five DVD playing machines here and about twice as many internet-enabled devices, counting off the top of my head...
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
In my own home I believe we have 11 Internet capable devices. But just 4 people.

That console figure is incredibly low. Even for just home consoles.

Perhaps the "anything Internet-capable but not actually hooked up" part is what diminishes the figures so considerably. That said, my house is now down to 10 devices.
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Adam Campbell Game Manager, Azoomee6 years ago
Wouldn't be surprised.

Not difficult to find 1 or 2 consoles with Internet capability, one or two phones for an individual, a tablet for an individual, a PC and a Laptop per individual in one household. Then factor in multiple individuals that would multiply those products. Even taking some away it would still easily surpass the number of people.
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers6 years ago
The list omits "anything Internet-capable but not actually hooked up."
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Could be a slow news day. waffly statistics is filler info blurbs to pad out the more gem studded games journalism :)
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