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Submitted by mathsman 768d ago | news

UK Kids Acquire Multiple Gaming Devices by 9 years Old

Almost half of the UK’s children own a mobile phone and 9 ¼ is the average age they get their first handset. By that age, they are also the owners of their first videogames console, digital camera, TV, MP3 player and laptop. This is according to research carried out by Gadget Show Live Christmas, which takes place from 30th November to 2nd December at ExCeL in London. (3DS, Android, Culture, Industry, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Nintendo DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Tech, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

bozebo  +   768d ago
"Sally Bent, marketing manager, Gadget Show Live Christmas, said: “Connecting with technology is second nature to kids nowadays. Babies playing with mobile phones, toddlers swiping their index fingers across tablets and tweens glued to their portable games consoles are common, everyday occurrences, so it’s not surprising that more and more parents are feeling comfortable about giving their kids access to technology at a relatively young age.”"

Trying to dissect exactly what this "marketing manager" is even trying to say there. "kids have electronics, so now parents are comfortable giving them electronics", it's some kind of catch 22. Hate marketing idiots. Seems like Sally is of the opinion that technology is dangerous to kids, why does she work for the Gadget Show?

"This is according to research carried out by Gadget Show Live Christmas, which takes place from 30th November to 2nd December at ExCeL in London."
So... it's last years data then? Or they have a time machine.

Also that site needs a redesign.

/rant
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violents  +   768d ago
why the hell does a nine year old need a phone?
Dovahkiin  +   768d ago
Moronic, isn't it.
Soldierone  +   768d ago
Phones I never understood. Where are you going at 9 years old? Go run down the street to get your friend, or use a house phone.

However other things I understand. Video games are good, I rather see kids playing and talking to each other on a video game, than sitting there watching TV.

Also you have to wonder how many of these things were purchased for the "family" but told it was for the kid? You know, sure I'll buy "you" a Xbox/PlayStation, but I'll be the one playing it most of the time. lol
violents  +   768d ago
Phones for someone that age are rediculous. A 9 yr old shouldn't really be outside of adult supervision legally so there really is no need for them to have one.

But I agree yeah video games and that stuff, let em live it up on that.

Stuff like the phones just makes me sick because I'm a mechanic and I see people come in everyday that wont spend 300 bucks on thier brakes but thier kids all have Iphones and Ipads and laptops. Its just rediculous to think that the reason someone isnt making their car safe to drive in for thier family is more concerned about buying phones and paying a monthly fee for service for children that dont need them.
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BlackWolf  +   768d ago
Things like that are a showing what kind of people are today's parents (most of them, at least). It's the syndrome of "buying their kid's love", giving them whatever they ask, without minding if they really need them or the possible consequences of that action. Well, it's their choice.......
rainslacker  +   768d ago
More than likely the phones were hand me downs after the 2 year upgrade, and the consoles were for the whole "family". Buy it's for the kids even though the adults want to play because they played them when they were kids kind of thing. Handhelds I don't mind so much, because it at least keeps their kids quiet in public places instead of them acting like...you know...kids.
maniac76  +   766d ago
We dont live in the dark ages anymore,but i do think parents need to monitor wot they get upto on these devices,more so than one would think. Its just how it is now and the future

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