December 6, 2005
Study: Tech Is 'Essential' To Kids' Lives
About half of all 12- to 14-year-olds own mobile phones, one indication that today's youngsters are the first "technology everywhere" generation, according to a survey released Tuesday by Forrester Research, reports Information Week.
The survey covered more than 5,000 youths in the U.S. and Canada between the ages of 12 and 21 who are regular Internet users. The results show that mobile technology is considered essential to young people. "We are seeing a generation of young people for whom technology is not just a nice-to-have, it's a critical part of their lives."
The study concluded that young people are "communications junkies." As evidence, it noted that 83 percent of respondents use instant messaging compared to 32 percent of adults."
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