There’s several decades between parents and children and, in technology time, that’s basically an eternity. After all, the introduction of the iPhone feels like generations ago. It was actually just a few years. To examine just how far we’ve come, the Rogers Innovation Report (embedded below) looked at parents and young adult children to see how they use their smartphones.
It’s not a big shock that there’s no shortage of young adults using smartphones to text, chat, and connect. But how do their parents use the smartphone? Turns out they are like big kids … in that they use their phones in a very similar way to the younger generation. Here’s the breakdown from Rogers:
- In nearly equal numbers (40 per cent) connected young Canadians (ages 18-24) and their connected parents (43 per cent) are using technology to stay close with one another
- Youth and parents say texting is their preferred smartphone and tablet activity (94 per cent for youth and 82 per cent for parents)
- Youth and parents both look to technology to stay close to family (48 per cent for youth and 52 per cent for parents)