Nearly 40 percent of Americans say they are using some form of cloud computing service, according to a survey of U.S. adults by SOASTA, a provider of cloud-based software testing services.
The company surveyed 2,051 adults to see how cloud computing is intertwined in Americans’ daily routines.
Of those who use the cloud, 86 percent say it has improved their lives. Here are some of the top reasons why:
- It makes sharing files easier (41 percent)
- It allows for sharing photos with family and friends (40 percent)
- It makes it easy to access music anywhere (37 percent)
- Better security (don’t have to store sensitive information on a phone) (22 percent)
- Makes work easier by organizing files and information (18 percent)
- Storing files in the cloud means they can buy a less expensive (less memory) smartphone (17 percent)
The researchers also took a look at the demographics of cloud-computing users. Here’s what they found:
- The highest percentage of users (44 percent) live in the South; the lowest percentage of users live in the Midwest (29 percent)
- Millennials (18-34 years old) were the biggest users of any age group (54 percent)
- Households with children were more likely to use the cloud (52 percent) compared to households with no children (33 percent)
- Students were most likely to use the cloud (55 percent). Employed people were next most likely to use the cloud (44 percent), followed by the unemployed (33 percent) and retirees, who were least likely to use the cloud (24 percent)