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Archive for March, 2016

TECHNOLOGY PENETRATION

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 7, 2016

BRYCE ON TECHNOLOGY

– Noting a shift in the devices we use.

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A couple of years ago I wrote about a study claiming 25% of two-year-olds possessed a smart phone. I received several comments afterwards from readers aghast at the statistic. I do not know what the stats are today for two-year-olds, but another study has surfaced describing our technology addiction. Last October, the Pew Research Center reported on “Technology Device Ownership: 2015.” In the report, the authors described the penetration of our favorite computer technology. Interestingly, there were both ups and downs.

In terms of smart phone use, the Pew study claims 68% of American adults have a smart phone (up from 35% in 2011). This is eclipsed by 86% of younger people, aged 18-29, and 83% of those ages 30-49. Cell phones have gone even farther, from 65% in 2004 to 92% in 2015. This means we are near the saturation point for communication devices. Back in the day of the landline, a telephone in your room was a prized luxury when you became a teenager. Anyone remember the “Princess” phone? Now, nearly 100% of all family members have their own personal phone of one kind or another. Yet, we still cannot seem to answer any of them.

The study also noted the decline of certain devices. For example, portable gaming devices have plateaued and are starting to subside, going from 41% penetration in 2009 to 40% in 2015. Likewise, MP3 devices peaked in 2010 and are now declining to 40% penetration. The one device that surprised me though was the e-Book reader which started in 2009, peaked in 2014 at 28%, but experienced a sharp decline in 2015 to 18%. In all likelihood, these devices are being quickly replaced by smart phones and tablets which are showing steady growth. Either that or people are losing their interest in reading.

Desktop computers and laptops are also starting to decline, presumably because of smart phone and tablet technology. As Pew reports, “Today, 78% of adults under 30 own a laptop or desktop computer, compared with 88% who did so in 2010.”

Frankly, I cannot live without a keyboard. The touch screen technology of the tablets is simply not for serious typing.

So, what can we learn from these statistics? Simple; our technology addiction grows unabated even in spite of a major shift in devices, away from desktops, laptops, and traditional devices, and moving towards smart phones and tablets. Understand this, the technology we’ve imbued our two-year-olds with will likely be obsolete in five years, replaced by something else. Experts have already predicted the demise of the smart phone. I’ll be curious to see what it is replaced by.

Related articles:

“Is Personal Technology a Drug?”
“Our Smartphone Addiction”
“More Evidence of Technology Addiction”
“Bed Bugs & Our Changing World”

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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LAST TIME:  WHY WE EAT  – Please, do not tell us it’s “good for you.”

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WHY WE EAT

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 4, 2016

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Please, do not tell us it’s “good for you.”

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When they have commercials on television for food, you often hear about its nutritional value. In a way, it is like when you were a youngster and your mother admonished you to eat your lima beans because it was “good for you.” I realize our taste buds change over the years, but I never acquired a hankering for lima beans, even to this day.

To my way of thinking, this “good for you” argument is nothing but a clever subterfuge to get you to eat some rather nasty tasting food. In all likelihood, it was invented by unscrupulous farmers, advertisers, nutritionists, and mothers to induce us to eat through this form of brainwashing. It’s a dirty trick and they should just stop it. I would much rather eat something based on its appearance, smell and taste.

Let me illustrate, over the years I have consumed thousands of gallons of citrus drinks, be it juice, the fruit itself, or in some other form, such as a soda. Since I was a kid, I was told it was loaded with Vitamin C, which is good for our immune system and fighting a cold. In the many years I have ingested Vitamin C I have never had a problem contracting the common cold. The point is, if I didn’t enjoy the taste of such products, I certainly wouldn’t be drinking it just to prevent colds. It’s an old wives’ tale.

Then we have spinach which, among other things, is said to contain enough iron to make you as strong as Popeye. Sorry, I have seen nothing to this effect. Liver is also supposed to have a lot of iron, but I cannot bring myself to eat it simply due to the horrid smell, which they try to mask using onions and bacon. This does nothing more than ruin some perfectly good bacon.

Then you hear mothers pushing a variety of products containing “antioxidants,” which is a fancy name designed to frighten children. There are also vegetables like broccoli and kale which are sources of Vitamin A, C, calcium and manganese, etc. Try selling that to an eight year old.

As to lima beans, they are supposed to be a fat-free source of protein. What they don’t tell you is, many beans, including lima, are toxic if they are not boiled for 10-15 minutes. If prepared improperly beans can easily result in food poisoning. It’s like the pharmaceutical warnings you hear on television, “May cause nausea, vomiting, strokes, or death;” otherwise it’s great for you. So, as a kid, you’ve got to wonder if your mother was really trying to feed you something nutritious or if she had ulterior motives.

They should forget the nutritional sales job and simply concentrate on preparing something delicious and smells heavenly. Look, if we like it, we will eat it. Why not just give us the nutritional mumbo jumbo in pill form and let us enjoy our meal.

It’s all about filling the hole, nothing more, nothing less. Somehow I feel duped after all these years.

And when you still do not want to touch your meal, mothers try to lay the guilt-trip on you of, “Do you realize there are thousands of children dying from hunger in Africa.” They are not amused when you answer, “Well then, why don’t we send them my plate?”

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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NEXT UP:  TECHNOLOGY PENETRATION – Noting a shift in the devices we use.

LAST TIME:  AT HOME WITH THE MILLENNIALS  – Why are so many staying home?

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AT HOME WITH THE MILLENNIALS

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 2, 2016

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Why are so many staying home?

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This past November, the Pew Research Center published an interesting report noting how younger people, the Millennial generation, are staying home as opposed to moving out. According to the study, the share of today’s 18 to 32 year-olds living with parents or relatives include:

2014 –
Men – 42.8%
Women – 36.4%

What makes the study interesting is that Pew tracks the data back to 1940 where the numbers were fairly close to those of today:

1940 –
Men – 47.5%
Women – 36.2%

Following 1940, the numbers dropped downwards hitting a low in the early 1960’s:
1960 –
Men – 27%
Women – 20%

The numbers then begin to slowly rise with a sharp uptick in 2000 ending with the numbers as of 2014.

Why the U-turn in numbers? Two things come to mind, the state of our economy and our view of the institution of marriage. In 1940 the country was still embroiled with the Great Depression and about to enter WWII. Because of the economic hardships back then, it was expected you stay at home until you could support yourself. An individual’s earning power back then was much less than what we are familiar with today. Further, there were far fewer people attending college back then due to the exorbitant costs.

Today, we have a weak economy which helps to explain why so many Millennials are staying home. As in 1940, many are finding it difficult to find employment, particularly as Baby Boomers stay in the workforce and cannot afford to retire. Further, the Millennials are often saddled with considerable debt, thanks to expensive college loans. In other words, economics is having the same impact today as it did back in 1940.

In terms of marriage, women were expected to stay home in 1940 until they found a husband. This all changed over the next few decades as morality changed, resulting in a permissive society where premarital sex and cohabitation were considered acceptable. Today, our view of marriage is substantially different than 74 years ago, where we now fear commitment and the anxiety of divorce. As Pew points out, “In 2013, young women were half as likely to be married (30%) as young women in 1940 (62%). Census figures show that in 2014, the typical woman began her first marriage at age 27. In 1940, it was 21.5.”

When I entered the workforce in the mid 1970’s, the figures were at:

Men – 28%
Women – 23%

The economy was much stronger back then as the Greatest Generation was now in control of business. Frankly, it was an exciting time. Unlike the Millennials though, the Boomers wanted independence. It was not unusual for a person in their mid-to-late twenties to be living independently, whether in an apartment, condo or house, to be married, and have at least one child.

Today, there are questions about the Millennials staying at home; for example, will they become a burden; what should their responsibilities be; and should they be paying for staying at home? All are touchy subjects and ultimately based on the family unit and economics. In all instances, the Millennials should be expected to pull their weight in terms of duties and responsibilities around the house. As to economics, there are two schools of thought: that the Millennial should pay rent or should be allowed to save his/her money to pay off bills or finance their independence (move out)? In some cases, parents take the rent and put it in a separate bank account to assure the sibling cannot spend it. Others will use the rent to help pay for household bills, such as utilities and food. It ultimately depends on the relationship of the family members and economic needs. However, many experts claim allowing the offspring to stay home too long is detrimental to the siblings, who should be pushed out of the nest for their own good.

What I find most interesting about the Pew survey is how the numbers of today mirrored those of 1940. It proves “what goes around, comes around.”

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

For Tim’s columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2016 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

NEXT UP:  WHY WE EAT – Please, do not tell us it’s “good for you.”

LAST TIME:  ACQUISITIONS: A BAD SIGN?  – Another indicator of the fragile state of our economy.

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