It's 1pm on a Saturday afternoon. You've been up since 7am, looking after the kids and going out to run errands. When you get home you find that, amazingly, your man is still in bed. Thanks to tablets and smartphones, this is becoming a more and more regular occurrence across Britain.
What are they doing in there?
If anecdotal evidence is anything to go by, the one thing most guys aren't doing in bed is sleeping. In fact, an informal survey showed that most men prefer to ease into the day, checking Facebook, Twitter and email from the warm comfort of their bed. Men aren't alone in this, of course, with many women also taking a bit of duvet time to catch up on social media feeds.
However, guys are also going beyond social media. Using apps like nPlayer, men are watching films and TV shows before their feet hit the floor. Rather than contend with the kids over control of the family TV, men are opting to stay in bed and watch what they want to from there.
Interactive viewing from the bedroom
They aren't just watching videos, either. Those using nPlayer, an iPhone app from Newin, are also sharing videos from within the app. Along with streaming and downloading videos, the ability to share means the activity gets a social element. Before they have put on their slippers, many men have shared a few of their favourite music videos with their friends and seen what others are sharing.
This can account for a lot of the extra time spent in bed. With the social sharing of videos, many men don't feel like they're isolated when they watch things from bed. Instead, they can see what their mates have to say, all while staying nicely tucked up in bed. The result is often that hours go by without anyone noticing.
The best screen in the house
While earlier generations of phones, and other players, meant that the playback of videos was less than ideal, the newest phones combined with high-quality players like nPlayer mean that men have the best screen in the house in the palm of their hands. Whether on a tablet or on a phone, the picture and sound quality often surpasses that of the living room TV.
The ability to watch anytime, anywhere has meant that entertainment is showing up in a lot of new places. Along with spending more time in bed, people are looking forward to their commute, when they can watch episodes of their favourite shows. With support for a wide variety of file formats, nPlayer allows for much more than the iPhone's standard iTunes player.
With the whole world of videos in their hand, there's not really any need for men to get out of bed in the morning. Instead, they're enjoying the peace and quiet of their bedroom without missing out on any of the entertainment they want. Whether their partners are happy about this technological advance is another thing, though.
This article was written by Newin.
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