The touchscreen has overtaken every other toy for children, new research has found. They have overtaken dolls, action figures, board touchscreen games for young children and other traditional toys – and experts say their popularity is still rocketing. I have never seen a more intuitive technology for children,’ said Michael Cohen. 350 parents about the play habits of their children 12 and younger.
Touchscreen devices got the most overall playtime according to the poll, with more than 60 percent of parents claiming that their child uses a touchscreen ‘often’ and roughly 38 percent claiming ‘very often. Touchscreens are the primary play activity now,’ he said. He said the rise of the touchscreen has been incredible. We’ve been tracking children for around 30 years. I’ve never seen the world changing as fast as it is now. It took 30 years for TV to be accessible to everyone – this is the most rapid introduction of a technology we’ve witnessed.
Increasingly they also have their own device. The team slo looked at what the children were doing with their device. There is learning, and that overlaps with games. But when we talk to children, gaming is the number one activity they want. The study also found watching videos, movies and communicating were popular – as well as utilities such as weather apps.
Primarily, as it should be, kids are using their touchscreens to play,’ said Cohen. Touchscreens beat toys that have been around for decades, such as dolls and action figures, arts and crafts, and construction-based toys, all of which had a roughly 50 percent usage rate on the poll. Gaming consoles had a usage rate of a bit less than 50 percent, with other children’s staples such as vehicles, puzzles, and board games landing closer to 40 percent. The poll reveals that 10 percent of parents ‘always’ consider touch devices as playthings, while 58 percent considered them ‘sometimes’ toys.