As many of us look forward to an extra hour in bed this Sunday morning, new research reveals that winding clocks back, fiddling with watches and resetting household devices could soon be a thing of the past.
Almost six in ten (59%) adults say they no longer use analogue timepieces or technology and will instead wake up to a home full of digital and Internet-connected devices that automatically reset themselves when the Gate Clock at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich strikes 2:00 am on Sunday.
Researchers at OSS Technology found that many Brits remain confused by what happens despite not having to put their clocks back physically.
32% of those polled said they didn’t know when the clocks are due to change. Of the 41% who still own analogue devices, 39% of them (161 people, 16% in total) have at least one device, currently an hour behind Google search data. It also suggests that people increasingly expect their devices to update automatically. Since 2015, Google searches related to clocks going back have decreased significantly.
Steve Roberts of OSS Technology / Online Spy Shop says that although homeowners no longer need to worry as much about whether their devices show the right time, the end of British Summer Time is still significant.
“Property crime increases significantly in the darker months, so the clock changing is as good a time as any to review your home security. The technology means we no longer have to set the time on all our devices manually and has made home surveillance and security more affordable and accessible.
“Homeowners should always be up-to-date with the latest technology and how it can make protecting our homes easier and more cost-effective. Whether it’s a discreet CCTV setup or a motion-activated camera that alerts you to an intruder, protecting your home has never been easier.”