Tech Trends to Come in 2013
As we say goodbye to 2012 and usher in 2013, technology experts are recapping the hot trends of the year and looking ahead to what social media changes we can expect next. It's tough to keep up with the trends! Here's a recap of some key developments that may affect your family's technology habits.
Fast Company Magazine reports more users are engaging in social media via mobile devices than via PCs. If you have a teenager with a cell phone, this is no surprise to you. This trend is expected to continue into the new year. And in fact, Fast Company predicts that mobile internet use in the U.S. will overtake wired use by 2015. Don't throw out your computer just yet! But don't be shocked if your teenager favors the device in his hand over the one on his desk.
Ready to delete?
Flux Trends is reporting 2013 will be the year of the "techno spring clean" as users eliminate apps they aren't using and grow tired of constant check-ins with Facebook, Twitter and photo sharing platforms. If your child's devices are loaded with various apps, this could be a good time to have them review which ones they want to keep and which ones are just weighing them down. There are also many platforms that automatically feed other accounts. Be prepared to clean and consolidate in the year ahead.
It's not just for foodies and home decor junkies; Brand Watch predicts Pinterest is here to stay! The image sharing network reports over 12 million users a month. While the site is predominately used by women, your teenager or child may find the site appealing as it's loaded with fun and interesting images. As a parent, it's important to pay attention to your child's online interests. So while you may have Facebook and Twitter covered, don't forgot other popular channels. Pinterest is now the third most popular. What could be next?
Common Sense Media surveyed over 1,000 13-to-17 year olds nationally. Not surprisingly, 90% of America's teens are using social media. But you may be stunned to hear that 49% of teenagers said their favorite way to communicate is face-to-face, followed by 33% who chose texting.
So while it's pretty clear social media isn't going anywhere, and there are new changes on the horizon to how we use it – it's nice to know good old fashioned communication is here to stay.
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