Losing smartphone is almost as stressful as terror threat

 

The Physiological Society, an organization of more than 3,500 scientists from over 60 countries, reports that the loss of a smartphone is perceived to be almost as stressful as a terrorist threat. Their recent study of 2,000 British citizens shows that such modern problems, including identity theft and commuter delays, are significant stressors. By providing this information, the Physiological Society hopes to raise awareness of the effects of stress on how the body functions.

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Pastors Struggling with Porn: Christianity Today

Christianity Today is reporting on the results of a Barna Group study of nearly 3,000 adults, teenagers, and pastors about the effect of pornography on pastors, churches, and the general population.  Most pastors (57%) and youth pastors (64%) admit they have struggled with porn either currently or in the past.  70% of youth pastors said that at least one student had asked them for help related to pornography usage in the past year.

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2014 Pornography Study and Statistics

In 2014, Proven Men Ministries undertook to conduct a nationally representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide to obtain current data and pornography statistics pertaining to the scope of pornography use and its impact on a person’s life, work, marriage, and sexual behaviors. You can view the stastics from the survey here.

 

2014 Pornography Survey and Statistics


Over 60 Percent of Devices Talk to Google Each Day

NBC News is highlighting that a report from Deepfield, an Internet tracking firm, that not only does 25 percent of all Internet traffic go through Google, but also three fifths (60 percent) of all Internet connected devices in North America also connect with Google each day.

The article goes on to report that on average about 62 percent of all connected devices — be they smartphones, game consoles, or desktop computers — sent traffic to Google servers at some point during every day, arguably upwards of a billion devices. It may only be a quick search, a YouTube video, or even a link going through Google's link shortener service (goo.gl), or it could be more, like spending the day on Google Docs.

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Young Parents Don't Stress Over Kids' Media Use: Survey

US News & World Report is reporting that because they have grown up with gadgets galore, young parents aren't as worried about the potentially corrosive effects of too much screen time on their offspring, a new study suggests. Surveying more than 2,300 parents of children up to age 8, researchers from Northwestern University found that the vast majority -- 78 percent -- report that their children's media use is not a source of family conflict, and 59 percent said they aren't concerned their kids will become addicted to new media.

US News & World Report is reporting that because they have grown up with gadgets galore, young parents aren't as worried about the potentially corrosive effects of too much screen time on their offspring, a new study suggests. Surveying more than 2,300 parents of children up to age 8, researchers from Northwestern University found that the vast majority -- 78 percent -- report that their children's media use is not a source of family conflict, and 59 percent said they aren't concerned their kids will become addicted to new media.

Surveying more than 2,300 parents of children up to age 8, researchers from Northwestern University found that the vast majority -- 78 percent -- report that their children's media use is not a source of family conflict, and 59 percent said they aren't concerned their kids will become addicted to new media.

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Nearly two-thirds of American parents monitor kids on Social Networking Sites

A just-released study from the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California reveals that two-thirds of parents say they monitor their children's social media activity.  Slightly less than half  (46 percent) have password access to their children's account.

The study, entitled The Digital Future Project 2013, contains a wealth of other important findings, including the age at which parents believe the children in their household should have access to a mobile phone (13) and Facebook account (15).  

To read a press release on the study and download a copy of the report, click here. To visit the Center for the Digital Future website click here.   


For the first time, a third of American adults own tablet computers

For the first time, a third of American adults own tablet computers

The Pew Internet and American Life Project is reporting that for the first time, a third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire—almost twice as many as the 18% who owned a tablet a year ago.

According to the study, those earning at least $75,000/year, adults age 35-44 and college graduates were more likely to own a tablet computer.  According to Research Analyst Kathryn Zickuhr, "With smartphones, for instance, we've seen a very strong correlation with age where most younger adults own smartphones, regardless of income level. But when it comes to tablets, adults in their thirties and forties are now significantly more likely than any other age group to own this device." 

The complete study along with the full findings and survey questions can be found here.

 


Facebook Growth Statistics Through May 2013

Facebook Growth Statistics Through May 2013

Facebook's Growth in the Past Year

Below is an overview of Facebook's Growth in certain key areas over a one year period ending in May 2013.

Facebook's Growth in the Past Year Through May 2013

Image source: Facebook Newsroom


Cell phone ownership hits 91% of adults

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is reporting that over 90% of adults now own a cell phone.  According to Pew, the cell phone is the most quickly adopted consumer technology in the history of the world. 

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is reporting that over 90% of adults now own a cell phone.  According to Pew, the cell phone is the most quickly adopted consumer technology in the history of the world.  

The advent of the smartphone has evidently been a major catalyst for the adoption rate as 56% of American adults currently own a smartphone.

The Pew study included a comprehensive breakdown of ownershiptrends with the lowest adoption rates being those earning less than $30,000/year; individuals over 65; and those with less than a high school education.

Pew Internet Study: Cell phone ownership by demographic group

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Kids start watching porn at age 6; flirting online at age 8

Kids start watching porn at age 6; flirting online at age 8

In Brief

According to a 2013 study of 19,000 parents, kids start watching porn online from as early as age 6 and begin flirting on the Internet from the age of 8.  Kids are also lying about their ages when creating social network accounts on sites like Facebook.

According to a 2013 study published by Bitdefender, a security technology copmany that also offers parental control soutions, kids start watching porn online from as early as age 6 and begin flirting on the Internet from the age of 8.  The study, "Kids and Online Threats", was conducted from over 19,000 parents worldwide.

Among the findings of the study:

  1. Kids are acting more like young adults when online.
  2. 3.45% of kids chat with their IM friends at age five.
  3. 2% of computer game addicts are five years old.
  4. 25% of kids have at least one social network account at age twelve, and 17% were social media users at age ten.
  5. 17% of those posting hateful messages online are 14 years old.

The categories that most interested kids and that parents blocked were:

  1. Pornography - 11.35%
  2. Online shops - 10.49%
  3. File sharing - 9.71%
  4. Social networks - 8.84%
  5. News - 7.13%
  6. Gambling - 5.91%
  7. Online dating - 5.77%
  8. Business - 4.58%
  9. Games - 3.14%
  10. Hate - 2.91%
  11. Other 30.17%


Graph credit: Bitdefender Case Study: Kids & Online Threats

 

The findings of the complete report are available online here >>

 

 

 

Family Discussion Starters

Is it OK to lie about your age when creating an online account?

If one of your friends were to send you a link that made you feel uncomfortable, what would you do? Would you forward the link?  Would you feel comfortable enough to let a parent, teacher, or responsible adult know about it?

What are some of the web sites or apps that kids talk about?  What do those kids like about those sites or apps and what do they do when they access them? 


Wireless Industry Statistics 1997-2012

Wireless Industry Statistics 1997-2012

In Brief

Since 1997, the wireless industry has exploded with exponential growth.  Every measurable area: minutes used, 911 emergency calls, text messaging, and data consumed has exploded.  Among the many staggering statistics is the rapid growth of a new category, wireless-only households, where there is only a cell phone and no traditional land line.

The statistics on this page are based upon the data reported by the CTIA at: http://ctia.org/media/industry_info/index.cfm/AID/10323

The following graphic on wireless subscribers indicates the number of active devices, including smartphones, feature phones, tablets, hotspots, etc.


Demographics of Social Media Users

Demographics of Social Media Users

A late 2012 survey by the Pew Internet and Amerian Life Project on the demographics of social media users shows that in comparison to other age demographics, it is young adults who tend to be major users of social media.  

The table below, from the Pew study, shows the breakdown by social networking site.  

The landscape of social media users

The full survey is available here >>