iReach Insights conducted a nationally representative survey and 1,000 adults were asked about their opinion about smart technology in general and smart homes, meaning a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by a smartphone or computer.
18% of people in Ireland currently use an “Intelligent Voice Assistant” like Alexa, Siri or the Google-Assistant and 68% state that they are useful.
Only one in ten adults in Ireland own a smart home.
The majority of them (83%) think that a smart home makes their life much easier.
Furthermore, 72% say they are more relaxed since they can control their home from wherever they are and nearly two-thirds (62%) feel safer at home because of it.
In terms of the financial reward, 64% of people in Ireland who own a smart home state that implementing smart technology has saved them money.
Although new technology has many benefits, people who have smart homes still have concerns about their smart homes.
45% fear that people could steal personal data concerning their daily life habits and 36% are concerned that someone could spy on them because they have a smart home.
Also, almost the half (48%) state that smart home technology is expensive.
Interestingly, men (50%) seem to find that smart home technology more complicated than women (24%).
Overall, the majority (80%) would recommend a smart home to anyone who is thinking about getting one and 45% can’t imagine living without it any more.
34% are likely to implement smart home technology in the future.
71% think that children should learn in school how to properly choose and use apps, which shows how far technology has integrated itself into Irish society.
- Digital Desk