No Matter How You Slice It, Kids Want iPads for the Holidays

A recent survey of U.S. kids and teens puts, you guessed it, the iPad on the top of their want list. Heck, can we blame them?

The charts say it all don’t they?

Holiday Devices K6 12

Holiday Devices P13+

Tablets, games, and smaller devices are popular for younger kids, and tablets and larger devices for older. Yeah sounds about right to me. Here is the larger societal question: is it all just marketing hype (the Nintendo Wii U is brand new and all over TV, so that’s a marketing thing I suspect) or are we really seeing that these devices are becoming essential parts of day to day life?

I’m not talking about addiction to screens or the Internet, but more that we use these devices to do things that everyone likes to do. Things that not long ago didn’t have a relatively inexpensive digital option. Music, books, games, school work. These activities have been a part of life for generations. Now the “how” of these activities is dominated by electronic options.

Get Battleship for Christmas (I never got electronic Battleship, but I had the classic one)? Sure on my iPad (and iPhone). Monopoly? Same. Collection of great books? Electronic. Heck I gave my teen aged daughter several cyberpunk classics for her birthday—straight to her Kobo.

So these lists are nice for Apple and us fan boys and girls to say “hey look, everyone wants an iPad!”, but really these lists are a reflection of how far into the digital realm we’ve moved.

Heaven help us if what happened in the show Revolution became real. Of course I do still use fountain pens and keep paper notebooks in my bag…

Via: Nielsen

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  • marin

    Something tells me these charts are very biased. What questions were asking, how did they come up with this. I cant think of a single child at the age of 6 saying they outright want an IPad as their number one want. Promoted by apple, or were they just asked outside the apple store perhaps. Either way, definitly a lot of Bias.

  • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

    I can guarantee you that if my daughter (4 years old) wasn’t already the primary user of my iPad 1, that would be on top of her list. My son (9 years old) is the primary user of my iPad 2.

    Guess that means daddy needs an iPad 4 for Christmas, huh?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1740590440 Abel Goddard

      My daughter, also 4, has her own iPad 1. Cheap solution to not have to put her Barbie DVDs on the big TV. And of course all the educational games.