Teens Love Google Voice Search

Mobile voice searches have more than doubled in the past year, and, perhaps not surprisingly, they are more popular among teens than adults, according to Google’s Mobile Voice Study, conducted by Northstar Research.

Among the 1,400 Americans across all age groups surveyed, 55 percent of teens, who are 13 to 18 years old, use Google voice search more than once a day. In comparison, 41 percent of adults use the feature each day and 56 percent say that voice search makes them “feel tech-savvy.”

Regardless of age, people are relying on voice search to help them multitask. For example, 59 percent of teens and 36 percent of adults surveyed use voice search when they watch TV. In addition, 22 percent of teens use voice search when they are in the bathroom, while 23 percent of adults are likely to do so when they are cooking.


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And teens don’t mind using voice search while they are hanging out with friends, as close to 60 percent of them ask their phones questions in front of friends, whereas only about one-quarter of adults do so when in the company of others.

Of course, people use voice search for many different purposes. They may ask their phones for directions, or to call someone, play a song, or check out movie times. What’s something nearly one-third of teens surveyed ask their phones to do thing that adults don’t? Help them with their homework, of course.


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But when it comes to cravings, it seems teens and adults have something in common. When asked what they wish voice search could do, 45 percent of teens and 36 percent of adults responded that they wish their phones could send them pizza.

Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? “OK Google, what is the best pizza restaurant in New York City?”

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