Without getting too techie, April 19th was the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law. Not familiar with it? No worries …
Moore’s law refers to a statement made by Gordon Moore, one of the founders of Intel (yes, the company that makes the chips used by some electronic devices) where he predicted that the number of components (aka transistors) in a chip would double roughly every 18 months.
Ok, so what does this mean? Moore’s law has made it possible for computers, smartphones, etc. to become more powerful and cheaper. The more transistors you can pack in a chip, the cheaper the transistor become and the more powerful the device.
For example, the chip in your iPhone has approximately 2 billion transistors.
Since it is a physical process (packing more and more transistors into smaller and smaller areas), experts believe this cannot continue forever. The question then becomes, will the digital age continue even if our devices not get cheaper and more powerful?
The Pew Research Center released yesterday the results of a nationwide survey of teens ages 13 to 17 regarding technology and social media use. A couple of points worth highlighting include:
- One-quarter (24%) of teens reported going online “almost constantly” while 92% reported going online daily. 34% of African-american teens reported going online “almost constantly” compared to 32% of Hispanic teens and 19% of white teens.
- Nearly three-quarters of teens have or have access to a smartphone. African-american (85%) teens are more likely to have a smartphone compared to white (71%) and Hispanic (71%) teens.
- Social media platforms most used by teens include Facebook (71% reported using Facebook most often), Instagram (20%), and Snapchat (11%).
- Middle and upper income teens lean toward Instagram and Snapchat while over 50% of lower income youth use Facebook most often.
- 11% of cell-owning teens reported using anonymous sharing or question apps such as Whisper, Yik Yak, Ask.fm, etc.). Of these, 16% reported being Hispanic compared to 7% African-american and 9% white.
Yep, these statistics confirm teens are truly digital natives. As local governments and businesses increase their online presence, it is important to keep in mind that not all age groups and/or demographics utilize Internet in similar ways.