Do you remember your first laptop computer? Your first smartphone? Are you still waiting to experience the joy of the tablet? Most of us have been around long enough to see this massive change in portable technology but there’s a new generation that has never known anything else. They’re the iGeneration and they were born, almost literally, with a mobile phone in their hands.
According to a new survey by BlogHer and Parenting, one in four moms said that they’ve let their two-year-old use their mobile phone. You’ll be comforted to know that the average age to have their own mobile phone is 13, with smartphone scaling slightly older at 15.
Not surprisingly, the younger Generation Y parents, are allowing their kids to use technology even earlier than they were allowed as kids. Of course, some of these numbers are skewed by the fact that the devices are more commonly available and less expensive than they were a generation earlier. When I was as kid, the most radical piece of technology we owned was a CB radio. Back then, chatting with random truckers was the 70’s equivalent of IMing on Facebook. Breaker, breaker 1-9. . .
While I reminisce, you look at the numbers.
With all of this tech in the hands of our children, you might worry that they’re lacking for human contact. Not true, says the study. Though texting has replaced a written note for communicating with kids, 89% of parents said they talk to their child in person on a daily basis.
For more information, check out the E-Moms; Engaged, Enabled and Entertained slide presentation at BlogHer.