Research + News | Topic: Smartphones

Teens Are Downloading Jott Like Crazy

A white-hot new app for instant messaging, Jott has nearly 500,000 monthly users and one million app installs after just three months on the market, and most of them are teens. Read the full article here.

High-Tech Helplines for Teens in Crisis

There’s a groundbreaking way for teens to find high-tech help when they need it urgently. It’s called Crisis Text Line (CTL), and its creators found a way to reach people in need where they are — on their phones. Read the full article here.

Parents Can Spy on Teens’ Smartphones, But Should They?

Kids today face a host of dangers that didn’t exist as prior generations came of age. Whether it’s sexting, cyberbullying or overly accessible and highly inappropriate content (aka porn), kids are faced with a whole new array of potentially risky behaviors, many just a click or text away on the ubiquitous smartphone. What’s a modern parent to do?

Read the full article here.

UK Teenagers Are Spending Longer Than Ever Online

Internet use in the UK has doubled in the past decade, thanks mostly to teenagers and young adults who access the Internet on tablets and smartphones. Read the article here.

What About Teens Who Don’t Have Smartphones?

What are the effects of lack-of-technology access to the portion of teens who don’t own smartphones? Read the article here.

Meet YouNow, the Live-Casting App that Teens Love and Parents Fear

“Live-casting” app YouNow is the personal broadcasting service app that threatens to displace Snapchat as the app most likely to keep parents awake at night. Read the article here.

Some Parents Say “No” to Phones for Teens

If it seems like every teenager you see has a smartphone glued to their hand, it’s not your imagination. Read the story here.

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

A majority of teens report access to a computer, game console, smartphone and a tablet. Read the full research report (and download the full .pdf version) from Pew Research Center here.

6 Facts About Americans and Their Smartphones

A new Pew Research Center report analyzes smartphone ownership and the attitudes and behaviors of smartphone owners. Read 6 key findings from the report here.

U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015

Brand new research from the Pew Research Center regarding smartphone use and ownership. Read the report here.