Business travelers dependent on mobile devices, study finds
There are several characteristics found among most business travelers these days. One of the most common is the desire to be connected at all times, and according to an infographic from PC Housing, many travelers are dependent on their mobile devices to do so.
The infographic, which uses data from Computerworld, FrequentFlyerService.com, iPass and Carlson Wagonlit Travel, notes that 90 percent of business travelers expect to have WiFi access at their hotels, while 86 percent expect it at the airport. Another 94 percent say they even connect to work while on vacation.
According to the infographic, the average business traveler carriers between three and four devices at most times. The most common are the smartphone, the tablet computer and the laptop computer. The number of travelers who own tablets has increased dramatically in recent years, reaching 64 percent in 2012, compared to 33 percent in 2010.
While some would argue this dependence on mobile devices is unhealthy, the infographic does show that travelers tend to get more sleep now that they have tools to boost productivity. However, more than half of mobile workers admit they exercise erratically because of technology, and 59 percent say they'd feel disoriented without their smartphones.
According to a January 2012 study from IDC, the mobile workforce will reach a population of 1.3 billion by 2015. As this number grows, dependence on mobile devices is likely to follow suit.