Tablets have overtaken Nintendo's 3DS as the most popular personal gaming device owned by UK children, according to new data from Futuresource Consulting - as reported on by MCV.
According to that data, 44 percent of children between the ages of three and 12 in the UK now own a tablet, with 30 percent of those three- and four-year-olds owning one. Parents says that tablets are the most likely items they'll purchase for their kids within the next six months - twice as the number of a smartphone or portable console purchase.
The data notes that children ages 9+ prefer smartphones over tablets with 25 percent of all nine- to ten-year-olds owning one. This number climbs to 46 percent for ages 11-12, with ownership amongst girls reaching 53 percent – compared to 38 percent for boys of the same age. Around 17 percent of parents spend over £100 a year on mobile fees for their children, according to the data.
While there seems to be an increased level of tablet ownership, the time spent playing console or PC games still ranks lower than traditional toys, with 54 percent playing games for five or more hours per week. This number is significantly higher for children ages 11-12 at 63 percent.
But the most popular activity amongst children is reading books - 45 percent of children enjoy reading books on a daily basis, according to the data.