The cost of running a desktop computer is rising, with companies like Dell and Dell’s own PCS International arguing that they should pay more for higher-end desktop computers.
And the rise of smartphones and tablets are making it more difficult for people to afford high-end PC hardware, leaving more people with no option but to pay for hardware.
But the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that more people are choosing to keep a traditional computer as their primary means of entertainment and work.
The bureau surveyed more than 100,000 households to track consumer spending habits, and found that the number of households that have no computer as a primary form of entertainment has gone up from 19% in 2014 to 31% this year.
The data shows that consumers are increasingly choosing not to buy computers that use the same hardware or processor as a smartphone or tablet.
The survey shows that only 22% of people with a traditional desktop computer say they have no preference for a smartphone, tablet, or other computer that uses a different processor than their computer.
But consumers are also choosing not only to buy cheaper and less powerful computer hardware but also to make the switch to a different kind of entertainment.
Nearly half of those surveyed (46%) said they’d rather not use a smartphone at all, compared with 23% of those who said they wanted to upgrade to a tablet computer.
Nearly one-quarter of those respondents said they want to purchase an HDTV, compared to just 15% of the people who said the same for a desktop PC.
And the survey found that more than half of the respondents who are not consumers who spend money on PCs or buy hardware said they’re less likely to upgrade in the future because of the cost.
More than half (53%) of the non-consumer respondents who said buying a computer for work is a no-no said they would rather not upgrade to another computer, compared, on average, to 20% of consumers who said upgrading would make them less likely.
The Census Bureau found that, on the whole, the percentage of households with a PC as their only means of digital entertainment has been increasing.
And, for those who do choose to keep their computer as the primary means for entertainment, the number is growing even faster.
About a third of those polled said they are not interested in buying a desktop or laptop computer as part of a family.
And nearly half (49%) of those with no preference said they don’t know how to choose an HD TV, compared a year ago.