When should kids get their first cell phone?
The Center for Generational Kinetics has released a white paper that’s full of insights about Generation Z, the post-Millennial generation born roughly between 1995 and 2015. According to the paper, iGen Tech Disruption, Gen Z or “iGen” believes 13 is the appropriate age for kids to receive their first smartphone. Millennials, however, the first generation to experience unfettered access to the Internet during childhood, believes 18 is the appropriate age.
“Many Millennials did receive their first smartphone or some other connected device before the age of 18, which makes it incredibly interesting (and ironic) that they think the generation after them should get their first smartphone at age 18,” said Jason Dorsey, iGen expert and co-founder of the Center for Generational Kinetics. “We think that Millennials feel this way for the same reason other older generations wanted their kids to get smartphones later: protecting their kids from the world around them. By delaying when iGen gets their first smartphone you have the potential to limit exposure to cyber-bullying, or at least stop iGen from being inundated with it in real-time on your device, as well as being able to limit all other sources of online information that you may not want kids to see…
“…Millennials…have seen the side effects of giving teens as young as 13 unlimited access to social media, web surfing and all manner of videos.
The study also noted the link between social media and self worth. More than any other generation, iGen says social media affects their self-esteem, popularity, how people see them, influence, and job and dating prospects. In addition, a full 37 percent of iGen also say social media affects their happiness.
Click here to download a copy of the white paper. The following infographics were released with the report.
When do you think kids should get their first cell phone?
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