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What does the future hold for teens, technology, and libraries?

What does the future hold for teens, technology, and libraries?

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  • 1. Future of Teens and Technology Mobile Devices and Apps
  • 2. Teens love mobile devices • According to Pew’s Teens and Technology 2013 poll, 78% of teens have a cell phone. • Almost half of those owning cell phones have smartphones. • 1 in 4 teens has a tablet.
  • 3. Smartphone use among teens increased 14% from 2011 to 2012!
  • 4. • Of those owning mobile devices, well over half of them download apps to their cell phone or tablet.
  • 5. Teens want more apps! • Teens use apps to communicate, listen to music, shoot videos, and browse the internet. • Libraries should leverage this by promoting the library’s offerings on these apps. • Libraries should have a strong presence on social media. • Libraries should closely monitor new and trending apps to stay current with teens. • Librarians should be seen as technology gurus who can help teen patrons with app issues.
  • 6. Pros • App use is on the rise. • New apps are being created all the time. • Young librarians will likely be more comfortable with app usage and can bring new ideas to the table. • Apps are predominately free or inexpensive. • Most apps are available on many types of devices (apple, android, etc).
  • 7. Cons • Teens will delete an app if they have privacy concerns or popularity is not high. • Librarians will have to stay up to date on which apps to leverage most. • Digital divide still exists – 25% of teens do not have a mobile device. • Teens gravitate toward free apps – most apps with cost associated will be avoided.
  • 8. What new apps would teens use? • Does the library itself have an app? Is this financially feasible? Would teens use it? • Do teens want more apps to help them with schoolwork? • Would they use an app that recommends hot new books or authors (YALSA bookfinder!)? • We know that teens use apps for fun – but would they use apps designed to help them find information?
  • 9. YES!!!!! • Rising usage of mobile devices and apps suggests that teens will use apps for a variety of purposes in the future!
  • 10. References • Madden, M., Lenhart, A., Duggan, M., Cortesi, S., & Gasser, U. (2013, March 13). Teens and technology 2013. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media/File s/Reports/2013/PIP_TeensandTechnology2 013.pdf • Madden, M., Lenhart, A., Cortesi, S., & Gasser, U. (2013, August 22). Teens and mobile apps privacy. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Teensand-Mobile-Apps-Privacy/Main Findings/Teens-and-Mobile-AppsPrivacy.aspx