Technology Trends: Wearables Survey

Predictions indicate that wearable devices will be as ubiquitous as smartphones in the not-so-distant future. The Citrix Wearables Survey was conducted to provide further insight on the trend’s staying power.

With predictions that wearable devices will be as ubiquitous as smartphones in the not-so-distant future, it’s hard not to feel intrigued about the potential of this evolving technology. At the same time, everyone’s inner skeptic can easily recall other technology trends that failed to live up to expectations. So, is wearable tech the next big thing or just a bunch of hype? The Citrix Wearables Survey was conducted to provide insight on the trend’s staying power.

Overall Interest

Are people really interested in wearable technology? According to the survey, the answer is a resounding “yes.” In all, 91% of respondents said they were excited about wearable devices. Respondents were most excited about watches (30%), with clothing (22%) and glasses (19%) rounding out the top 3 device picks.

Key Concerns

Despite the excitement around wearable devices, 70% of survey respondents still expressed some concerns about the technology. What are the primary sources of wearable tech anxiety? Perhaps unsurprisingly, security and privacy were the top picks. These concerns were noted by 42% and 38% of respondents, respectively.

Other Takeaways

Additional findings revealed by the survey include a number of insights:

  • 60% of respondents believe that wearables will be primarily used for fun, not for productivity
  • 73% of respondents wanted their wearable devices to blend into their everyday clothes
  • 32% of respondents have plans to purchase wearable tech in the future
  • 60% of respondents believe wearables will be as common as smartphones in the future

So, survey says? Wearables have generated plenty of interest and despite some concerns, it appears that attention will translate into adoption. This is one trend that looks like it’s here to stay. And, as wearables become more common, businesses will need to determine how the devices fit into the workplace. From benefits like enhancing access to apps and data to concerns such as security and compliance risks, there’s no denying that wearables will make a significant impact.

The Citrix Wearables Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults, ages 18 and older, between November 7th and November 13th, 2013, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older.

Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.