Smartphone apps an ‘integral part’ of family life

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smartphone appsDo you share your smartphone apps with your kids? If so, then you're in the majority after a study found three-quarters of parents do this.

The survey by Bryter on behalf of Disney revealed that more than a third of us now consider apps to be an "integral" part of family life.

In fact, just under half of us are now willing to spend part of our monthly budget on purchasing new apps, even though the vast majority of those available are free.

Since the first app was launched four years ago, they have grown in popularity, with the 25 billionth app downloaded from Apple's App Store in March.

In the UK alone, there are around 25.4 million users of app-enabled devices.

The figures

A total of 2,000 adults were polled online between May 17 and 23, three-quarters (75%) of whom admitted to sharing apps with their children.

Of these, one fifth (20%) revealed they spend £10 each month on them, with more than half (56%) downloading an app at the request of their kids.

And it seems the younger generation are now teaching us how to use them, as more than half of parents (56%) confessed to having their kids show them the ropes when it comes to apps. Just under two fifths (38%) have even taught their grandparents how to use the technology.

Despite being created specifically for mobile devices, around three-quarters (76%) of children play apps most often in the home.

Paul Brown,general manager of Disney's interactive media business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: "This research shows that families are choosing apps as a way to engage in immersive entertainment and we will continue to create and expand our range of mobile storybooks, games and comics to meet this growing demand from families."

Save money with apps

Nowadays there is an app for pretty much everything. Whether it's for fun or fitness, you name it, it's out there.

There are even apps that can help you save money and cut back on your everyday spending, meaning you could add more to your monthly budget.

Some can even help when it comes to rail travel, allowing us to work out which is the most effective means of getting the cheapest rail tickets.

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