On Friday I visited a tier 3 town in Guangdong, China. We were doing an immersion exercise with a task to understand media and technology habits. We interacted with a cross-section (age-group) of people. It was very fascinating to see how each and everyone of them insisted that they were time-starved and had no time to watch TV. Here is an example where the TV is ON but no one is watching.
In order to find out their device/media dependency we asked them to choose only one device that they can’t live without. Interestingly almost all of them said Mobile Phone. One youngster answered that he is choosing Mobile because it iss ‘LESS BORING’ than other devices/media.
I guess the era of choosing a product/brand/device because it is ‘more interesting’ is over. For the younger generations novelty factor depreciates right after the launch announcement (not even an actual launch) and then it is all about choosing best of the ‘less boring’ options available in the market.
I can very easily predict that life for marketing & advertising professionals is certainly going to be difficult.