Future of Teens and
Mobile Devices and
Teens love mobile devices
• According to Pew’s
poll, 78% of teens
have a cell phone.
• Almost half of
those owning cell
• 1 in 4 teens has a
Smartphone use among teens
increased 14% from 2011 to 2012!
• Of those
over half of
apps to their
cell phone or
Teens want more apps!
• Teens use apps to communicate, listen
to music, shoot videos, and browse
• Libraries should leverage this by
promoting the library’s offerings on
• Libraries should have a strong
presence on social media.
• Libraries should closely monitor new
and trending apps to stay current
• Librarians should be seen as
technology gurus who can help teen
patrons with app issues.
• App use is on the rise.
• New apps are being created all the
• Young librarians will likely be more
comfortable with app usage and can
bring new ideas to the table.
• Apps are predominately free or
• Most apps are available on many types
of devices (apple, android, etc).
• Teens will delete an app if they have
privacy concerns or popularity is not
• 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
What new apps would teens
• Does the library itself have an app?
Is this financially feasible? Would
teens use it?
• Do teens want more apps to help them
• Would they use an app that recommends
hot new books or authors (YALSA
• We know that teens use apps for fun –
but would they use apps designed to
help them find information?
• Rising usage of mobile
devices and apps suggests
that teens will use apps for
a variety of purposes in the
• Madden, M., Lenhart, A., Duggan, M., Cortesi,
S., & Gasser, U. (2013, March 13). Teens
and technology 2013. Pew Research Center.
• Madden, M., Lenhart, A., Cortesi, S., &
Gasser, U. (2013, August 22). Teens and
mobile apps privacy. Pew Research Center.