Ten Trends Impacting Technology, Media and Service Providers for Next 10 Years - Slide 3

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Structural acceleration is changing consumption patterns and leaving some consumers behind. Acceleration means consumers expect regular and increasingly frequent product upgrades. Over time, there has been a closing of the classic "digital divide" between the haves and have-nots in terms of access to basic technology products and services. However, new digital divides have opened up, especially inequalities in relation to the social graph and consumers' ability to access and manage — or not manage — real-time, nonstop ubiquitous connectivity that is the product of technological acceleration.

Acceleration should in theory give consumers more spare time to do the things they want. In reality, they experience the reverse. Therefore, the most valuable product that T&SPs can deliver to consumers is extra time in the day to do things that they want or need to get done. Products and services that help consumers fill their time more productively and/or pleasurably are the most compelling.

Consumer technology markets are being redefined by a new set of consumer expectations and values shaped by global economics, technology and social change, according to Gartner, Inc. Analysts have identified 10 consumer macro trends shaping the technology, media and service provider markets over the next 10 years. All 10 of these trends converge around questions of value — what consumers value enough to pay for, how consumers' values are changing, and how technology and service providers (T&SPs) can respond to this to increase their sales and margins.

"Technologies are changing fast, but so are consumers. An understanding of the major demand-side dynamics is critical in order to build a 360-degree view of how the volatile market for digital technologies and services will evolve the next 10 years," said Nick Ingelbrecht, research director at Gartner. "Consumer macro trends are summaries of often complex and interrelated shifts in consumer behavior. All of these aspects of consumer behavior are dynamic and specific change drivers, and all of them impact technology markets."

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