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Research + News | Topic: Apps
Oct 19, 2022
The Hottest App Right Now? One Where Teens Have to Say Nice Things About Each Other
Gas is topping Apple’s App Store charts despite being limited to a handful of states. Read the article here.
Sep 29, 2022
Sexual Predators Are Grooming Young Teens On Wattpad, A Storytelling App Beloved By Gen Z
A Forbes investigation found that Wattpad was a place where sexual predators target and exploit vulnerable teens, in some cases leading to sex trafficking and assault. Read the article here.
Sep 16, 2022
Teens Love The App BeReal. Am I Just Too Jaded?
A mom tried the new BeReal app for a week and this is what she thinks. Read the article here.
Sep 7, 2022
Instagram’s Newest Copycat Target Is BeReal
Meta is testing yet another feature on Instagram that copies directly from a competitor. Read the article here.
Aug 1, 2022
A Few Alternate Social Media Sites Teens Are Looking To
Facebook is now 18 years old, and Twitter is 16. That means for a new generation of users, those social networks are ones that were used by their parents. Not surprisingly, consumers are looking for alternatives. Read the full article here.
Jul 22, 2022
Social Ladder: The Anti-Instagrams Are Taking Over
Young people are ditching Instagram in favor of apps that are more candid (and less toxic) as they seek out novel ways to connect. Read the article here.
Jul 1, 2022
Design Tricks Commonly Used To Monetize Young Children’s App Use, Study Finds
The majority of apps preschool-aged children use are designed to make money off their digital experiences, a new study suggests. Read the article here.
Jun 10, 2022
BeReal App Is Instagram’s Next Rival For Teens
BeReal asks users to post one candid unedited photo a day. It can’t be “liked” or shared. There are no algorithms or ads. And teens are increasingly choosing a feed that is intentionally boring. Listen to the report here.
Jun 7, 2022
The Teens Slipping Through The Cracks On Dating Apps
Although these platforms say they are doing what they can to keep kids under 18 off, they aren’t succeeding. Read the article here.
Jan 19, 2022
Following Unprecedented Pandemic Growth, US Mobile Gaming Continues Upward Climb
Mobile app gaming has managed to hold on to its pandemic-driven success and then some, reversing our previous predictions that time spent gaming with mobile apps would decline in the US after 2020. Read the report here.