NPD: People moving to tablets and phones for some PC activities

Jessica Alba with her Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 920 and a Microsoft Surface tablet.

It used to be when you wanted to surf the Internet or access your Facebook account, you had to use your desktop or laptop PC. Since Microsoft ruled the PC space with Windows, the chances were good that you did those activities on a Windows-based PC.

With the rise of tablets and smartphones in the last few years, many people are moving to those aforementioned devices to do work and consume content that they would previously do on the PC. That's the conclusion of a new report from the research firm the NPD Group, which claims that 37 percent of people who used to access certain content on their PCs have now switched to accessing that content on their tablets and smartphones.

While PC users still access the web and their Facebook account more than tablet and smartphone owners, that is changing rapidly. NPD states:

Among tablet owners, 27 percent say they are using their PC less frequently for accessing the Internet and 20 percent say they are using their PC less frequently for accessing Facebook. Twenty-seven percent of smartphone owners have decreased both their Internet and Facebook usage on their PCs because they now use their smartphone for these activities.

So called Smart TVs that can connect to the Internet are also taking some people away from their PCs. NPD claims that 21 percent of those owners are now watching streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and others on their TV rather than on their PC.

That makes Microsoft's push to get both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 out to the public more important than ever as the vast majority of tablets and smartphone are running on iOS and Android.

Source: NPD Group | Image via Microsoft

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I only use my desktop for gaming and development / working... and to avoid sitting at the sofa all night.

Even for things that used to be relatively major tasks, mobile website support is high enough that I can book flights, bank, weekly food shop and run ebay tasks solely from my mobile.

I have a mac book air that's only used for playing Netflix/hbo go shows. I got rid of my desktop a couple of years ago. I use my Surface and 920 foe everything else along with my xbox. I couldn't imagine having a desktop now. Big, noisy, spending several hundred of dollars on upgrades when some cool new game comes out. no thx.

If you are writing a SAs, articles etc, you will want to use a PC/laptop. Smarphones don't have bigger screen and hard to write with touch...

I guess in tablet/smarphone you are limited to do certain things. You can't edit photos (depends on what you using), run certain apps to accomplish certain tasks.

I use a phone or tablet if I'm away from a desktop, but if I have a desktop available I use it. I much prefer a larger screen like my existing monitor.

It's because people don't know how to type with more than their thumbs and find using a keyboard terrifying. When I use my phone it is just plain annoying to type so much slower than I can with my 10 fingers that I have to get on my laptop to type up even comments such as these. When I use my TabletPC as a tablet, I always revert the thing to a laptop to type out almost anything. So yeah, if people knew the glory of being able to type they wouldn't use a tablet, or they would but they'd have to chunk out some change for a keyboard, then realize how limited they are compare to using a computer.

sdreamer said,
It's because people don't know how to type with more than their thumbs and find using a keyboard terrifying. When I use my phone it is just plain annoying to type so much slower than I can with my 10 fingers that I have to get on my laptop to type up even comments such as these. When I use my TabletPC as a tablet, I always revert the thing to a laptop to type out almost anything. So yeah, if people knew the glory of being able to type they wouldn't use a tablet, or they would but they'd have to chunk out some change for a keyboard, then realize how limited they are compare to using a computer.

Well I guess, and hope that people are able to write, I use my Tablet with a pen so I do not need a keyboard.,And yes, I do not type fast, but regardless handwriting is faster than typing.

Not me. I tried doin the phone thing before, that wore off fast.
Only reason I did was cuz I was in between computers.
Once I bought my Ultrabook, I stopped using my cellphone.
At home I'm hooked up to my 47inch tv with wireless keyboard and touchpad,
and when I go somewhere, I take my Ultrabook with me.

LUTZIFER said,
Not me. I tried doin the phone thing before, that wore off fast.
Only reason I did was cuz I was in between computers.
Once I bought my Ultrabook, I stopped using my cellphone.
At home I'm hooked up to my 47inch tv with wireless keyboard and touchpad,
and when I go somewhere, I take my Ultrabook with me.

That what I'm exactly doing! I like bigger screens...

Using a TV to watch Netflix laying on a couch or an arm chair is indeed more natural than watching it on a PC monitor on a desk; I do not use FB but to surf the web I prefer my Tablet than my phone in spite of the Lumia 920 4.5" screen.
The point is that my Tablet is a PC..........

Seems accurate. I use my Galaxy Note 2 or iPhone 5 away from home. Once I'm at home though, I let loose the beast(desktop)!

iPad mini does all of the above for me and so much more I have pretty much replaced my PCM with just one iPad mini , and keep a $300 dell laptop for iTunes lib backup.

The iPad mini is such a amazing little tablet.

I agree with this topic 100%

TurboShrimp said,
iPad mini does all of the above for me and so much more I have pretty much replaced my PCM with just one iPad mini , and keep a $300 dell laptop for iTunes lib backup.

The iPad mini is such a amazing little tablet.

I agree with this topic 100%

This 100x!!

I have an iPhone 5 I do most of my Internet activities on. My Lenovo x120e serves basically for pictures and iTunes library. Without my smart phone I would have replaced the laptop already, but at the moment there just isn't any need for it.