Signs of the times
With the number of children’s applications for mobile devices multiplying faster than Silly Bandz on a grade schooler’s wrist, parents are reporting bedtime app-related meltdowns, disagreements over what constitutes an appropriate game, and endless requests to borrow mom’s or dad’s phone or iPad.
And it’s only likely to get worse. There are already more than 300,000 apps, according to the International Data Corp., a Framingham-based research firm. The number of downloads is expected to hit 76.9 billion worldwide in 2014, up from 10.9 billion last year. The group predicts that worldwide revenues for mobile apps will exceed $35 billion in 2014.