People are using tablets instead of PCs to read their email, a study of consumers from Gartner has found.
The survey found the main activity moving from PCs to media tablets was checking e-mail (81% of respondents).
The study – based on a study of 510 consumers in the US, UK and Australia – also found 69% of consumers surveyed use tablets regularly to read news.
Other activities includes checking the weather (63%) and using social media (62%).
“The rapid adoption of media tablets is substantively changing how consumers access, create and share content," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice-president at Gartner.
"The survey found that more than 50% of media tablet owners prefer to read news, magazines and books on screen, rather than on paper.
"On average, one in three respondents used their media tablets to read a book, compared with 13% for mobile PCs, and 7% for mobile phones."
Media tablets play a more dominant role in the home than mobile phones or PCs, with the highest usage taking place in the living room (87%), the bedroom (65%) and the kitchen (47%).
"Weekday evenings are the most popular time to use media tablets, and this usage flattens out during the weekend as people tend to be away from home," said Milanesi.