European kids more likely to be players than makers
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
A study recently published by from Latitudeº 42s titled “Children’s Future Requests for Computers & the Internet” investigated what children aged 12 and under expect from technology in the future. Children all over the world were invited to participate in the study which not only provides interesting insight into what children want from technology, such as the desire to interact with the technology more intuitively but also revealed some interesting regional differences.
Children in Europe, the US and Australia proved themselves more likely to be 'players' - using computers to expand their experiences whereas children from Africa and South Asia were more likley to be 'makers', requiring computers to assist in the creation of real outcomes. Called the iGeneration, this study highlighted this generation's understanding of computer devices as simply extensions of themselves. Encouragingly, one quarter of all the inventions desribed by children in the study centeed on art or design - the same number which favoured gaming. Read the full study.