Research + News | Topic: Apps

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Green Message Bubbles On Apple Devices Are Turning Teens Away From Android

It turns out, having that prestigious blue texting bubble is enough for teenagers to stay away from non-Apple devices. Read the article here.

Apps Offer Teens Some One-And-Done Settings To Stay Safer Online. Here’s A Crash Course

Use safety settings as a jumping-off point to talk about what helps your teen feel safe on the Internet. Read the article here.