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NPD report: Kids playing mobile devices nearly as much as consoles and PC

 

Kids still do a ton of gaming on their consoles and computers, but they are spending an increasing amount of time with their mobile devices, according to a report from industry-analysis firm The NPD Group.

In its recent “Kids and Gaming 2013″ report, NPD revealed that 53 percent of mobile-device owners are spending more time gaming on those platforms compared to 2011. Teenagers ages 12 to 17 are seeing the biggest increase. While they were already using smartphones and tablets to play games for five hours a week in 2011, they are now using them for games an average of seven hours per week.

“Kids embrace change, adopting new devices and technologies, for the experience of gaming and accessing other entertainment content, and it is critical to understand the current mindset of the highly engaged 2- to 17-year-old gamer,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said in a statement. “Kids are engaged with mobile devices as less expensive tablets and an increasing amount of hand-me-down phones create greater accessibility to these platforms than before.”

Despite the increased use of iOS and Android devices, traditional platforms like console and PC remain the top devices for gaming. The NPD notes, however, that the momentum is clearly in favor of smartphones and tablets.

“The question becomes whether this mobile usage will continue to grow for 2 to 17 year olds, and if usage will become more prevalent than gaming on consoles and computers as time progresses,” said Callahan. “More importantly, we need to understand how these forms of gaming provide different types of experiences for young gamers.”

The NPD report indicates that children are starting to game using mobile devices at a younger age than ever. The average kid starts playing at age 8. That’s down compared to age 9 in 2011. NPD expects that age to continue to plummet.

The information firm based this study on 3,842 children between the ages of 2 to 17. NPD held an online survey for female adults between the ages of 21 and 60 who are members of its online panel.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/10/npd-report-kids-playing-mobile-devices-nearly-as-much-as-consoles-and-pc/

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Really? That's actually far lower than I expected, I was thinking the vast majority of kids were growing up exclusively on touch/gyro only games.



Mehh tablets are becoming more like PCs anyway

       

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"Kids still playing consoles and PC more than mobile."

"Almost 50% of mobile device owners are not spending more time playing games on them than they were 2 years ago."



NiKKoM said:




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Hut hut! High Five to our glorious Tablet/Mobile phone cousins! Damn them Dirty console gaming peasants!



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BasilZero said:
NiKKoM said:




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Hut hut! High Five to our glorious Tablet/Mobile phone cousins! Damn them Dirty console gaming peasants!


I have to admit. I was rolling from that.  Probably steal that to post somewhere else



Kids love tablets/smart devices.

Go into any airport and you'll see hundreds of kids playing away on their parent's iPad or smartphone.

DietSoap said:

Really? That's actually far lower than I expected, I was thinking the vast majority of kids were growing up exclusively on touch/gyro only games.

I think 7 hours is a lot to spend only on gaming... the kids probably use tablet and smartphones more hours with 7 on gaming..
My parents would have kicked me out of the house to play outside if I played that many hours of videogames when I was that age..



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NiKKoM said:

I think 7 hours is a lot to spend only on gaming... the kids probably use tablet and smartphones more hours with 7 on gaming..
My parents would have kicked me out of the house to play outside if I played that many hours of videogames when I was that age..

But if you had been the little mobile tard then that you are now you could have just said, "But mom! These aren't games! They're apps!" And they would have been forced to agree and let you keep playing because TELEPHONE APPS ARE NOT REAL GAMES, GOD DAMN IT.



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NiKKoM said:
DietSoap said:

Really? That's actually far lower than I expected, I was thinking the vast majority of kids were growing up exclusively on touch/gyro only games.

I think 7 hours is a lot to spend only on gaming... the kids probably use tablet and smartphones more hours with 7 on gaming..
My parents would have kicked me out of the house to play outside if I played that many hours of videogames when I was that age..


Really I meant in relation, the fact they're playing traditional physical control games more than they are touch and gyro only games. I just kind of assumed they weren't playing tradition physical control games anymore.

7 hours a week of touch games though, yeah... What the hell are they even playing that has that kind of lasting appeal on iOS/Android? I can only think of Minecraft, and that certainly can't account for all of them.