Lately I hear childrens’ voices coming from most of our devices. And when I lose my temper, my road can be heard live in households across the globe:
- My 11-year-old son speaks regularly with fellow Xbox gamers all over the planet… hopefully some are actually his age.
- My 9-year-old son talks to his mates via Skype while playing Mindcraft on the PC.
- My 13-year-old daughter does homework while talking with her classmates on FaceTime.
I did consider that this was just my bad parenting, but apparently my children are not alone.
According to a new Pew study, 37% of internet users ages 12-17 participate in video chats with others using applications such as Skype, Googletalk or iChat. Girls are more likely than boys to have such chats. A PC magazine story reports on the research and points to some of the new tools to facilitate live video.
The research was fielded in the first half of 2011 so it’s probably dramatically understating these activities as reflected today.
So apparently the Nalts kids aren’t too far off the norm… at least on this particular topic.