Everyone here (and all over Europe, as far as I know) uses electric kettles. I think it's a necessity since they drink coffee and tea CONSTANTLY and need hot water at a moments notice. Really, they're amazing. I can boil water for coffee in less than two minutes. Why do I have to boil water for coffee you ask? Because typically, everyone uses instant coffee. Yeah, instant. If it's not instant, they use a cafetiere, aka French press. Never have I ever seen anyone use or even own a "regular" coffee maker.
I use it to cook with: boil the water super fast in the kettle and then pour it into the pot to cook vegetables or whatever. It's awesome. And, I almost forgot, I use it to boil water to put in my hot water bottle when it's really cold and my feet are like ice!
America needs electric kettles!