It’s no big surprise, but official now, I guess: Texting is now teens’ No. 1 reason for using cellphones, but using apps is their fastest-growing activity, ReadWriteMobile reports, citing Nielsen research. This year 43% of US 13-to-17-year-olds say texting is their top reason for mobile adoption. “Safety, the number one reason back in 2008, has now fallen to second place with only 35% citing this as the top reason,” according to ReadWrite Mobile. American teens now send and receive an average of 3,339 texts a month (teen girls 4,050). But all teens have lots of other uses for phones – 94% are using multiple smartphone features – browsing the Web, photo-sharing, playing games, and using apps. The biggest growth area over last year was “software downloads,” at 12% growth, but all activities showed growth. After texting, the top activities are photo-sharing (which 62% of teens do) and Web browsing (49%). Software-downloading and email tied for 3rd and 4th place at 38%. [Here’s Nielsen’s own report, which seemed to be down when I tried to access it today.
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems
- U.S. Safer Internet Day focused on potential, positives and problems too