A study from the University of Leeds has found that people spend an average of £200 a year on their electronic devices.
Researchers at the University, who conducted a survey of more than 200 people, found that the majority of respondents had bought their devices because they thought they would make them “more useful”.
“People were spending money on electronic devices because the electronic devices themselves were useful,” said lead researcher Dr Caroline Sorensen.
“So they wanted to be able to use them as a more portable alternative to physical objects, or as a way to get away from physical objects.”
We found that most people had used their devices to access online services, use mobile phones, email and other electronic services and social networking sites.
“The survey was carried out by the University’s Health and Social Care Research Unit (HSCRU) and analysed data from nearly 20,000 people.
It is part of a wider study of electronic devices, and is being published in the journal PLOS One.
Dr Sorenesen said the study was “an important first step” in understanding why people use electronic devices and why they were being charged so much.”
If we want to know why people spend money on electronics, we need to understand how they are being used,” she said.”
And this research has identified the key difference between the two.
“Electronic devices are more powerful than physical objects because they are more durable and therefore they can withstand more wear and tear, which means they can be used more frequently.”
They also offer a better user experience because they can also be easily replaced.
“The study found that nearly half of people were aware of how their electronic device worked, and only 11 per cent were aware that it had been replaced.”
What we found was that the more people knew about the electronic device, the more likely they were to have a new device,” Dr Sorentens said.
“We are seeing it being used in everything from restaurants to shopping centres.””
It’s an industry that produces about one-third of all disposable household goods,” Dr James Kneeland, senior vice president at the Electronic Waste Association (EWA), said.
“We are seeing it being used in everything from restaurants to shopping centres.”
The EWA was founded in 2006 and works to promote the benefits of electronic waste and environmental concerns over the waste industry.
It is concerned about the way in which electronic waste is being generated, as well as the potential health and environmental impact.
“It is a waste industry that is polluting the environment and harming people and the planet,” Mr Kneelen said.