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Kid Insight

Smartphones, mobile gaming tops with kids in Asia

A groundbreaking SuperAwesome report has found more than 50% of Southeast Asian kids now own a smartphone, compared to less than 30% in the US.
January 13, 2016

If you think kids in North America and Europe are hooked on smartphones, just take a look at Southeast Asia.

Leading digital marketing platform SuperAwesome has released the results of its groundbreaking digital media report that looks at the media consumption habits of 1,800 kids aged six to 14 across key ASEAN markets: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

And as it turns out, 87% of kids in the region use smartphones, with more than half owning one. These results are significant when compared to American kids in the same age bracket, where less than 30% own a smartphone and 47% have their own tablet.

ASEAN kids smartphone use is being driven by the popularity of mobile gaming, which is now the third-most popular activity, with 70% of kids using mobile gaming apps in their free time. (This compares to 56% in the US.) And eight out of the 10 most-used apps by ASEAN kids are related to gaming (nearly 70% claim to play Angry Birds regularly), while US kids favor social content apps.

The report also discovered that mobile is the core device for media consumption in the ASEAN kids market. Smartphone use is quickly catching up to TV viewing, and for regular TV-watchers, 25% are also simultaneously using a smartphone.

The reports provides one of the first comprehensive pictures of younger kids’ media consumption patterns in the region, since Southeast Asian research into media behavior has tended to focus on teens and older segments. In fact, according to SuperAwesome, the under-13 audience has traditionally seen very little detailed analysis despite the cohort’s massive influence on consumer trends and purchase decisions.

Undertaken by SuperAwesome’s Insights team, which also publishes regular reports for the US and UK kids markets, the study explored how kids’ media exposure and engagement changes with age, nationality, device ownership/usage, spending habits, and brand awareness/affinity.

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About The Author
Patrick Callan is a senior writer at Kidscreen. He reports on the licensing and consumer products side of the global children's entertainment industry via daily news coverage and in-depth features. Contact Patrick at pcallan@brunico.com.

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