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Teenagers are usually quick to adapt to technology, so it shouldn't be too surprising that teens are the ones embracing hands-free search. According to the results of Google's Mobile Voice Study, 55 percent of teenagers between the age of 13-18 years old use voice search on a daily basis, versus 41 percent of adults. "Voice search is a key feature of the Google app that's becoming ever more important as people spend more time on their mobile phones," said Scott Huffman, Google's Vice President for Conversational Search. "We wanted to learn more about how people of all ages use Google hands-free on their phones. We found that for teens, voice search comes as naturally as checking social media... Read more...
Facebook CFO David Ebersman shook things up when he casually mentioned in a recent earnings call that the social network was seeing a drop in daily use among teens, but it’s possible that the reason he was didn’t make a big deal about it is that there’s nothing to be alarmed about. That’s the stance Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, is taking, anyway. In an interview with AllThingsD, Sandberg said that the reaction to Ebersman’s comment was far too strong. “As we said on the earnings call, overall U.S. teen usage of Facebook remains stable,” she added. “The vast majority of U.S. teens are on Facebook. And the majority of U.S. teens use Facebook... Read more...
Are teens using social media responsibly? A new study conducted by the Pew Research Center sheds light on how teenagers are using sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as how they view their online privacy both in terms of managing their settings and the level of concern over third-party access to their data. As you might expect, the study found that "teens share a wide range of information" on social media sites, but lest you think they're being totally irresponsible, Pew Research Center found that "few teens embrace a fully public approach," instead taking "steps to restrict and prune their profiles." Source: Pew Research Center It's an interesting mix of findings in the lengthy report.... Read more...
It's sometimes easy to forget that an unsubsidized smartphone can cost upwards of $600, especially when you see a group of giggling teens wielding around what are essentially handheld computers. Get used to that scene. According to a new survey, smartphone adoption among American teenagers is rising fast. Pew Research Center pinged over 800 people between the age of 12 and 17. Out of that sample, 78 percent said they own a cell phone, and out of those, nearly half — 47 percent — own a smartphone. That puts smartphone adoption among teens at 37 percent, up from 23 percent in 2011. Image Source: Flickr (Joris_Louwes) "The nature of teens’ internet use has transformed dramatically... Read more...
This won't come as much of a revelation, but teens love to text. A lot. So much so, in fact, that texting is fast becoming the preferred method of communication, suggests a new study by Pew Internet. According to the study, American teens between the ages of 12 and 17 are more apt to text message their friends than they are to call, email, send an IM, talk on the phone, or chat through a social networking site. Hang out at a local high school (actually, don't do that, it's kind of creepy) and you'll discover that some 75 percent of teens now carry a cell phone. That's up from 45 percent in 2004, and the vast majority of those cell phone toting teens are whipping text messages back and forth.... Read more...
Those looking forward to the July 1st introduction of a teenage cell phone ban in California should start looking elsewhere for comfort. An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study released on Monday, which took a look at the results of a 2006 North Carolina ban for drivers younger than age 18, showed that teenagers were just as likely to chat on the phone after the ban went into effect as before.Targeting inexperienced motorists, several states have passed laws during the past five years restricting cell phone use by teenage drivers.But an insurance industry study being released Monday that looked at whether teens are ignoring such restrictions contends enforcement and parental influence... Read more...
This is one of those, "no, you're kidding" type of stories.  You know, the kind where you figure they really didn't need to do a study to determine this type of result.  After all, the way teens are glued to their phones, you would figure this would be the case, wouldn't you? Researchers in Belgium reported 62 percent of adolescents use their cell phones after bedtime. They attribute cell phone use to 35 percent of cases of adolescents being tired, with levels of exhaustion varying based on the frequency of late-night use and how late into the night teens are talking and texting. Sleep experts in the United States said these statistics hold true for teens here,... Read more...
Well, the future is always now. Remember that guy at the office that asked you to explain e-mail to him last week? The guy in the Member's Only jacket? Well, tell him to skip e-mail and go right to social networking sites, Instant Messaging and chatting on his cell phone. Because that's the way of he future, it appears. Like instant messages, text messages pop up immediately, and with a few deft strokes the receiver can reply right away. ``E-mail is more like snail mail. You don't know when they're going to get it,'' said Alex Stikeleather, 17, of Palo Alto. Since February, teen e-mail use nationwide has been dropping compared with a... Read more...