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Wireless Wednesday–On the ‘App Gap’

October 26, 2011 — by WEBOOST

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It’s that time of the week again! Today for Wireless Wednesday we are talking about an article featured on @GigaOm. The article is called “‘App gap’ emerges highlighting savvy mobile children”, and it talks about the ways in which children interact with wireless technology. See an excerpt from the article below–

“You’ve heard of the digital divide, but how about the app gap? That’s the new term coined by Common Sense Media, which conducted a study looking at the amount of time children under the age of 8 are spending in front of screens.

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group based in San Francisco, surveyed almost 1,400 parents and found that 47 percent of families with incomes more than $75,000 had downloaded apps for their children, while only 14 percent of families earning less than $30,000 had done so.

The study also found the following:

  • 52 percent of all 0- to 8-year-olds have access to a new mobile device such as a smartphone, video iPod, or iPad/tablet.
  • 38 percent of children this age have used one of these devices, including 10 percent of 0-to 1-year-olds, 39 percent of 2- to 4-year-olds, and more than half (52 percent) of 5- to 8-year-olds.
  • In a typical day, 11 percent 0- to 8-year-olds uses a smartphone, video iPod, iPad, or similar device to play games, watch videos, or use other apps. Those who use mobile devices spend an average of 43 minutes a day doing so.

TV is still the most popular choice for occupying the time of children. Common Sense found that children 0-8 years old spend an average of 1:40 watching television or DVDs in a typical day. Infants and toddlers (0- to 1-year-olds) spend 53 minutes per day watching television and DVDs, twice the amount of time spent reading or being read to (23 minutes).”

Well there you have it folks! What do you think? Do you have children, and if so, do they know how to use smartphones or tablets? Do they use them on a regular basis? Let me know in the comments. Or you can tweet or Facebook us. We’d love to get your input on this topic!

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