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How High-Tech Gadget Trends Differ By US Region

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the you-say-potato dept.

Television 51

Ant writes in with news of a study revealing differences in gadget preferences by US region. The survey is not rigorous, based as it was on 7,500 online questionnaires submitted to Retrevo, a website for tech shoppers. The company plans to run the survey annually. "...in the smartphone category, the state of Maryland came out on top with 48 percent more households owning at least one such handset than elsewhere in the country. ... In iPad use, the state of New York took top honors. According to the survey, 52 percent more households have at least one iPad in the Empire State. ... Massachusetts beat out the rest of the nation in e-reader adoption..."

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Equation (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33130004)

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Re:Equation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33136256)

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Flawed study (-1)

Cytotoxic (245301) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130058)

52 percent more households have at least one iPad in the Empire State

Which is enough to tell me that they don't have a good study. There's no way in hell that half the households in New York have an iPad. There's probably not that level of penetration for just about any single consumer product.

Re:Flawed study (5, Informative)

apdmc6008 (1858816) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130100)

52 percent MORE. Not 52 percent of households.

Re:Flawed study (1)

Cytotoxic (245301) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130294)

DOH!

Re:Flawed study (0)

longhairedgnome (610579) | more than 4 years ago | (#33131356)

It does bring up an interesting question, Which products are owned by roughly fifty percent of the population of the United States(or other countries)?

Re:Flawed study (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#33131260)

52 percent MORE. Not 52 percent of households.

To be fair, TFS doesn't say MORE than what. I assumed national average, but it could very well be 48% of Marylanders.

Remember when editors were used to improve grammar?

Re:Flawed study (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33131818)

Remember when editors were used to improve grammar?

Since when have slashdot editors ever done such a thing?

Re:Flawed study (0, Redundant)

grub (11606) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130114)


Re-read that, it was 52% more, not 52% of total households.

Re:Flawed study (1)

Cytotoxic (245301) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130382)

<emily litella>
Oh, well that's different then. .... Nevermind.
<\emily litella>

Re:Flawed study (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 4 years ago | (#33131376)

Jesus! Now there is an ancient and crusty tag. I don't feel quite so old now.

Re:Flawed study (5, Funny)

BarryJacobsen (526926) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130170)

There's probably not that level of penetration for just about any single consumer product.

Condoms :P

(Though that might be being optimistic)

Re:Flawed study (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33130216)

You are just another shining example of the success of the US public education system. Reading comprehension wasn't really your subject was it?

Re:Flawed study (0)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#33131512)

In iPad use, the state of New York took top honors.

Honors? Please.

Yep! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33130074)


New Yorker: Did you get an iPad yet?

Louisianan:Is that the new model of breadbox I saw at WalMart the other day?

lol

As for my beloved state (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130130)

And Alabama once again ranked #1 in "States Most Likely To Ban New Technology As Work of a Witch."

Re:As for my beloved state (0)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130450)

Villager: We have found a witch, may we burn her?
Crowd: BURN!! BUUUURN HER!
Bedevere: But how do you *know* she is a witch?
Villager: She looks like one!
Other Villagers: Yeah! She looks like one!!!

Re:As for my beloved state (1)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 4 years ago | (#33137490)

I'm just going to cut this off now and jump ahead to:

"A duck!"
  *crowd gasps*

Re:As for my beloved state (2, Funny)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 4 years ago | (#33132234)

And Alabama once again ranked #1 in "States Most Likely To Ban New Technology As Work of a Witch."

Whenever my state ranks 2nd in something bad, or 49th in something good, I just smile and say: "Thanks Alabama".

Re:As for my beloved state (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33134240)

Let me guess, Kansas, right?

Re:As for my beloved state (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 4 years ago | (#33134268)

So you're from Arkansas.

Re:As for my beloved state (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#33137024)

I woouldn't trust these numbers. "The survey is not rigorous, based as it was on 7,500 online questionnaires submitted to Retrevo, a website for tech shoppers".

"Not rigorous" is likely the understatement of the week. It's only 150 households per state, giving it a HUGE margin of error. Plus "online questionnaires" adds self-selection, but what really matters is "submitted to Retrevo, a website for tech shoppers". So these numbers only apply to people who have ever heard of this site.

In short -- you can completely disregard this survey; the numbers are completely meaningless, and reading the fucking article is an utter and complete waste of time.

Re:As for my beloved state (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 4 years ago | (#33132280)

Does an iPad weigh more than a duck?

California the greenest (3, Interesting)

deapbluesea (1842210) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130144)

The San Francisco Bay Area was also duly noted by Retrevo for being the greenest region with the most energy-efficient consumer electronics.

Which explains why my lifestyle reverted to 1999 post-tech bubble standards as soon as I moved from Colorado to here. Of course, it's easy to recycle when you get a 70 gallon recycling bin and a 20 gallon trash bin from WM. Suddenly a lot more trash looks recyclable....

Re:California the greenest (2, Informative)

shemp42 (1406965) | more than 4 years ago | (#33132558)

Yes and they took the top for most energy efficient because energy costs so much. My 850 square foot apartment cost me almost 3 times as much to heat and cool as the 1950 square foot townhouse i rent now in eastern Washington. My energy bill in Concord Ca. which is in the bay area was $250+ a month. Here in eastern Washington. $85-$105 a month.

Re:California the greenest (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#33137752)

If you live in the New England states, you'll see a lot of recycling there too - They've adopted the California emissions standards for cars, as well as other CA-generated green practices.

I'm not surprised to see Maryland at #1. I've traveled all over the place, and that's the nerdiest-geekiest state in the Union. You have a lot of electronics and computer-based companies clustered around the cities of Baltimore and Washington, plus the so-called "technocrats" that fill all the government bureaucracies in between these two cities. The state is like a geek zone.

Affluent states have more affluent toys (2, Insightful)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130156)

Obvious survey is obvious, film at 11. If you earn more than people in other states, you will spend more on gadgets than other states.

Re:Affluent states have more affluent toys (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130350)

But which gadgets? What toys do the populations of the different states choose to spend their money on? That's what this survey answers.

Re:Affluent states have more affluent toys (3, Funny)

bwayne314 (1854406) | more than 4 years ago | (#33131226)

<quote>But <em>which</em> gadgets? What toys do the populations of the different states choose to spend their money on? That's what this survey answers.</quote>

NY: Geek toys
San Fran : Sex toys
New Orleans : Inflatable sex toys
Alabama: Inflatable sex toys that look like your sister

Re:Affluent states have more affluent toys (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 4 years ago | (#33132604)

The geek toy used to drive a sex toy modded into an inflatable farm critter can be found in? Sis wants to know

My Google-fu[1]is better than you! Ahhh-Ha! (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 4 years ago | (#33135300)

Sis wants to know

Well Sis...uhmm...I mean AHuxley, you asked for it! [discreet-romance.com]

Oh, and while *ahem* 'Sis' is waiting for "Blow Up Billy Goat", [discreet-romance.com] 'Sis'can
plan the anticipated action here. [kezfun.net]

[1]
This is the first result with google.com in the search for 'farm animal sex toys' that was not some bestiality pr0n vids/pics web site.
I tried the search to find something appropriate to link to to post a snarky comment, like: 'Try Oklahoma!', but this applies to any USA
state "Where the men are MEN, and the sheep/goats are SCARED!".

BTW: if I get goat pr0n spam from here on after, I will forward it to you!*said in a loud, stern voice*

Correction (4, Funny)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130162)

Just to point out a correction to the article, in Detroit Michigan that's "Point and Shoot Gun" not "Point and Shoot Camera"

Re: As for my beloved state (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33130178)

And Alabama once again ranked #1 in "States Most Likely To Ban New Technology As Work of a Witch." ---- baawwwhahahahahahaha i love it!

Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33130202)

I'm loving the non-FUD articles. Did kdawson get laid?

Check the tech toys on Woot! (4, Interesting)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130304)

A fun graphical view of this is to read the discussion thread of the daily Woot! item, you'll see a gradient-shaded US map with the 50 states indicating the purchase rate. Today's item, a pair of pedometers isn't particularly high tech, so not a great example. But they are selling well in Utah, poorly in Alabama, Alaska and North Dakota. I've never checked to see if this is scaled by population. Almost everything on Woot! sells poorly in West Virginia.

Isn't the sample size... (1)

clo1_2000 (1790952) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130472)

a bit small in order to draw these sorts of conclusions? In either case; I completely understand the "Green" tech thriving in California.

Re:Isn't the sample size... (2, Informative)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130660)

Did you bother to even read the 2nd sentence of the summary?

The survey is not rigorous, based as it was on 7,500 online questionnaires submitted to Retrevo, a website for tech shoppers.

Thinkgeek? (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 4 years ago | (#33130666)

I imagine the customer order and shipping records could have provided similar data.

Re:Thinkgeek? (1)

radish (98371) | more than 4 years ago | (#33131052)

Not really. ThinkGeek sells toys - not gadgets (no phones, no ipods/pads, etc). And anything they do sell, they're almost always one or the more expensive places to get it. If I need caffinated shower gel it's my first stop, but not for serious gadget shopping.

Green from CA (1)

InsaneProcessor (869563) | more than 4 years ago | (#33131040)

This explains why the state is broke and public education has completely failed. The state is totally full of wackos.

Re:Green from CA (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#33131762)

That 'green' graphic in TFA has the wrong shape of leaf.

Re:Green from CA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33132432)

This explains why the state is broke and public education has completely failed. The state is totally full of wackos.

They prefer to be called "Republicans". Or "teabaggers", but only if you buy them dinner first.

More than what? (1)

rm999 (775449) | more than 4 years ago | (#33131310)

"the state of Maryland came out on top with 48 percent more households owning at least one such handset than elsewhere in the country."

What does this mean? I can think of three different interpretations of this which would all result in vastly different distributions throughout the country.

My best guess, based on realistic assumptions, is that it means that the *rate* of ownership in Maryland is 1.48x the rate of the entire country. If so, they worded the article poorly. Taken literally, they make it sound like Maryland has 1.48x as many smart-phone owning households as the rest of the 49 states combined.

In iPad use, the state of New York took top honors (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33132314)

That's no surprise, we all know NY is full of a holes! hehehe :P

Garbage In - Garbage Out (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 4 years ago | (#33133574)

The results, which were based on 7,500 online questionnaires submitted to the consumer electronics review company Retrevo, support commonsense assumptions in some cases about where certain devices might be hot.

The geek is a sucker for the online poll.

Woot...8 fp (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33133656)

Software lawyers completel7 before Is the gRoup that

FiRst. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33133936)

parties). At THE Do, or indeed whab7 or make loud noises

Online poll? 7500 participants? (1)

NorQue (1000887) | more than 4 years ago | (#33135352)

Er, what? They're basing their conclusions for individual states on an online poll with a meager 7500 participants? That's around 150 participants per state, I highly doubt you can get any meaningful statistic out of those numbers.

so... (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 4 years ago | (#33136170)

new york have more hopeful artists and execs running around then anywhere else in USA?

actual results? (1)

slyrat (1143997) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138032)

It certainly would have been handy to have had a link to something that looked like results. Graphs, data points, or something would have worked...

Search engine spammers. (1)

Pinback (80041) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139642)

Why on earth would you run a story that is essentially advertising, for those assholes "Retrevo" that come up as spam any time you do a key word search for some arbitrary product and "review"? They never have any reviews, just spam.

Might as well run a story published by Nigerian scammers or folks selling Viagra.

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