A smartphone for a 10 year old? According to consumer research firm Influence Central, that is the average age when kids are now getting their first smartphones. The study pointed out that in 2012, the average age for kids receiving their first smartphone was just 12 years old.
Long gone are the days of adolescence being marked by staying home alone or having your curfew lifted. In our tech-driven, mobile-first society, getting your first smartphone is the new rite of passage signaling one’s transition from childhood into adolescence. For these individuals, receiving a smartphone provides a newfound sense of mobility, constant connectivity and above all, social independence.