Brits will typically get through 16 mobile phones, 13 laptops and 11 TVs – and almost half will throw out a gadget and buy a new one rather than getting it repaired
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The average Brit will shell out almost £21,000 on electronic devices during their lifetime – including 16 mobile phones, 11 cameras and 13 laptops.
A study of 2,000 UK adults found that on average, they will also get through 13 sets of speakers, 11 TVs and 13 games consoles between the ages of 18 and 82.
But 35 percent admitted they upgrade simply to keep up with the latest tech, rather than waiting until the old one no longer works before buying a new gadget.
And 26 percent get a new phone every year to ensure they have the latest models, while 15 percent buy something new just because it’s in the sale.
Despite this, 26 percent confessed to rarely or never using the new features on the gadget.
It also emerged that 14 percent of those polled admitted they don’t think about the impact buying new tech has on the planet, while a quarter (25 percent) claim they could not live without their devices.
Just under a fifth (19 percent) feel pressure from tech brands to have the latest and best technology, and 17 percent said the same of social media.
Katy Medlock, UK General Manager at Back Market, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s easy to get enticed by the latest designs and features after decades of exposure to big brand advertising.
“But we churn through so many gadgets in our lifetime, and this constant consumption comes at a price.
“Most people are aware of the damage fast fashion and air travel can have, but our gadgets often fly under the radar, despite two percent of global carbon emissions coming directly from the production of new devices – compared to three percent from air traffic.
“We want everyone to think about the choices they make. Buying a refurbished device that is “good as new” means you can still grab top-of-the-range tech, but at a lower cost to both you and the planet.”
The study also found that 44 percent of adults think there isn’t enough awareness among consumers of the impact they have on the planet by repeatedly buying new tech throughout their lifetimes.
However, 36 percent would reduce their tech consumption if they knew more about the impact it had on the environment.
But despite knowing the damage that it may cause to the planet, 16 percent of respondents said they will still buy new tech.
It also emerged an average of one gadget gets thrown out each year, with 44 percent admitting it is easier just to get a new device rather than get an old one repaired.
The average UK adult also has at least three gadgets lying around the house that they don’t use, with the most common being mobile/smartphones (42 percent).
Katy Medlock added: “Our pattern for buying new results in millions of devices, many of which could be easily renewed, hidden in draws and cupboards around our homes.
“Eventually, we have to throw them away, contributing to the 57.4 million tonnes of e-waste that the population is expected to create globally in 2021.
“At Back Market we strive to change the perception of buying renewed technology, by focusing on top quality refurbishment, plugging the trust gaps with product guarantees, and ultimately reducing the amount of e-waste created here in the UK.”
TOP 10 TECH ITEM BRITS HAVE LYING AROUND THAT ARE NOT BEING USED:
- Charging cables
- Computer mouse
- Games consoles
- Computer keyboards