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By the year 2020, 90% of 6-year-olds will have mobile phones – leaving adults to puzzle over what on Earth they’re talking about.
The latest episode of Ben 10? The price of in-app purchases in Angry Birds Transformers?
The statistic comes from a global communications report by Swedish giant Ericsson, which suggests that the communications boom is only just beginning.
Ericsson suggests that by 2020, there will be 6.1 billion smartphones on Earth, compared to 2.7 billion today.
We’ll also mainly use our phones for video, not text, with 55% of mobile data being devoted to video, the company predicts – and web browsing on phones will have faded into the background.
‘The relative share of traffic generated by web browsing will have declined by 2020 as a result of stronger growth in categories such as video and social networking. Consumer preferences are shifting towards more video and app-based mobile use relative to web browsing,’ the company said.
‘Many smartphones now have larger screens, enabling higher picture quality for streamed video. Video content is increasingly appearing as part of other online applications; for example, news, advertisements, and social media.’