TECH toys are at the top of everyone’s Christmas list this year, with more than six in ten households hoping for a new gadget.
A survey of 2,000 parents with children aged 2 to 18 found that mobile phones, gaming consoles and smart lighting systems are also on many wish lists this year, with 60 percent already having up to 20 connected devices in their home.
But 41 percent worry it will lead to more family disputes due to slow Wi-Fi, too many people hogging connections and the need to set everything up.
This is of particular concern to 45 percent of parents who rely heavily on technology to keep their children entertained.
A Vodafone spokesman who commissioned the research said: “Thirty years ago, households really only had to worry about technical issues at Christmas to make sure every toy had batteries.
“Nowadays, with smart technology available for every room in the house and everyone carrying HD streaming devices in their pockets, households need a fast and reliable internet connection that reaches every corner of the house.”
The study was conducted to mark the opening of the Ultra Connected Christmas House operated by Pro II Broadband.
The brand has teamed up with singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor to put her to the test by throwing a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas kitchen party, complete with smart lighting, disco balls and Wi-Fi powered projections.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor said, “Whether I’m listening to my favorite Christmas playlists, streaming festive movies, or shopping for last-minute gifts, the family and I rely on having super-fast WiFi in every corner of the house.”
The study also found that 48 percent of respondents believe that the presence of friends and family at Christmas significantly slows down their Internet speeds.
But 58 percent think a strong Wi-Fi connection has become “essential” for a successful December 25th.
And with 46 percent expecting a “big” gathering this year, bringing extended friends and family together, it could spell trouble for millions of households.
28 percent worry their current Wi-Fi setup won’t be able to serve that many users at the same time.
While 37 percent admit to getting frustrated when they experience connectivity issues in certain areas of their home, 18 percent get angry when they try to watch a video only to be held back by buffering and stuttering.
TOP 10 TECH GIFTS THIS CHRISTMAS
- 1. Mobile phone
- 2. Tablets
- 3. Game console
- 4. Smart watch
- 5. Wireless Headphones
- 6. Educational toys
- 7. Wireless speakers
- 8. Smart lighting
- 9. Language assistants such as Alexa
- 10. Music player for children eg Tonie Box
Wi-Fi droppings aside, probably 22 percent of families are arguing about which movie to watch in the first place.
And 16 percent disagree over who does what when it comes to preparing Christmas dinner, according to OnePoll figures.
The spokesperson added: “With the big family Christmas this year, the need for fast, secure and reliable broadband throughout the home has never been greater.”
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