Mozilla, developer of the Firefox browser, has initiated a global survey in August with the theme “how are you connected?”, to find out the opinions and behaviors of people as to the connected world in which we live today.
You can access the full study here, but the following are ten highlights from the results:
Everyone loves a survey
A total of 189.770 people just responding to the research that was done online. While the majority of the responses came from netizens, the French (18%), other countries stood out in terms of the number of responses, such as Italy (15%), Germany (13%), United States (11%) and Brazil (7%).
Laptops versus Smartphones
While there are those highly connected, access the network both through their laptops and using smartphones, the survey revealed that there is a division between the two devices.
In the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, the majority of users reported that using a laptop instead of a smartphone to access the internet, while in other countries outside of the United Kingdom and North America (including Brazil, India, Argentina, Mexico, Italy and Spain), most of the people said that uses the smartphone, but not a notebook.
The connected products are a trend, including televisions, vehicles and equipment various electronics. But the taste for them is quite varied according to the country of origin.
For example, in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, there is the highest rate of Smart TVs (50%), and the world average is 40%). Already the USA are the champions in the use of trackers, exercises (20%), smart cars (15%), and thermostats that are connected (8%), but the populations of India and Brazil are the ones that have the most smart appliances connected, with 15%, while the world average is 7%.
Fear and optimism go together for the future of the connected
While people who consider themselves to be technically more experienced are more optimistic with respect to future connected, those who are less familiar with the new technologies tend to get scared regarding that near future. In India there is a greater number of optimistic, with 25% saying being “super excited”, while the world average is 7%.
Already the population of Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States was more cautious, with fear about the consequences of so much connectivity.
Loss of privacy fear
45% of respondents stated that losing the privacy as a result of a connected world is their greatest concern. That was the main response in almost all countries, with the exception of Italy, which proved to be more concerned with the loss of real contact between people.
Who is responsible for security?
One-third of the total respondents believes that they are the manufacturers of connected products that need to be held accountable for the safety of the devices, while another third believes that it is up to the people to secure their safety.
The rest proved to be divided between holding governments accountable for this, or simply do not know who should take charge of this delicate issue.
Difficult to know who to trust
People are still confusing to know who to trust in regards to your virtual security.
While those who think they are technically more experienced prefer to rely on non-profit organizations, many others simply do not know exactly who it is really reliable to ensure your security while you are connected.
Still, almost none of the interviewed answered trust in the media or in the government to do so.
There is little enthusiasm about the connected world
When asked about “what makes you more excited while walking to a future of digitally connected?”, the majority of the answers was “none of the previous options”.
This shows that people are still somewhat enthusiastic about the connected world, and the people of Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States responded that they see fewer benefits from this global connectivity.
Already the brazilians stood out as the people most enthusiastic about this future, looking forward to see how the life will be easier thanks to technology.
Concerns strong privacy and security
In addition to not knowing who to trust in regards to guarantee your online security, people around the world have pointed to privacy and security as key issues at the time of decide to buy connected device.
People, in general, prefer to buy equipment recommended by friends or family, but also evaluate criteria such as price, features, and reliability.
Already with regard to the technological terms that, increasingly, are on the agenda, less than 30% of respondents said they would be able to explain topics such as Internet of Things, Botnet and Blockchain, for example, while less than 40% said understanding of DDoS attacks, or about the Tor.
Already VPN and connected devices were the subjects mentioned by more than half of the respondents as issues that they dominate enough to explain them.