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A study released by Underwriters Laboratories claim that people could be suffering from a so-called “gadget fatigue.” According to the 42-page report, 48 percent of consumers surveyed feel that “high-tech manufacturers bring new products to market faster than people need them.”

The report is based on interviews with 1,200 consumers living in the United States, China, India, and Germany, as well as 1,200 manufacturers based in these countries. These companies belong in one of four industries in the study: building materials, food, household chemicals, and high technology. The last on the list is examined in depth.

The consumers interviewed who feel that high-tech companies churn out products faster than needed think that innovation is too fast for them. On the other hand, they also think that innovation is too slow. They find that new tech products being released in the market are just the same as those launched six months ago, with only a couple of new features or design modifications.

There are other intriguing points in the report. For one, consumers are less concerned about safety in high-tech products compared to the likes of fresh and processed food. However, their top safety concerns are emissions and wireless radio waves.

Another interesting point is that 55 percent of consumers said they are “more concerned about where high-tech parts come from than where the product was assembled.” This means they would be more interested to buy a smartphone with high-profile camera parts, regardless whether it is assembled in a sweatshop in China.

Source: New York Times

 
 

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