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Four emerging technologies that are currently gaining popularity among teenagers aged 12 to 17 years in the US include BIGO LIVE, BitLife — Life Simulator, Discord, and Holla, according to reports by CNN, San Diego Family, and others.

Trending Apps and Platforms for Teens

BIGO LIVE

  • BIGO LIVE is like YouTube and Twitch but allows teens to stream live videos of themselves, which other users of the application can see as well as comment on in real-time, according to a report by CNN.
  • On the app, users can send and receive "Beans," which are virtual gifts on BIGO LIVE that also cost real money. Teens on the app can improve their ranking and level up by logging in daily to send gifts.
  • According to AppGrooves, BIGO LIVE has over 100 million downloads across Android and iOS devices.
  • We considered BIGO LIVE to be an emerging technology among American teens because, in January 2019, CNN reported it among apps that were popular among teens in the United States, while a report by San Diego Family in May 2019 noted that it was among the trending apps for teens in the US.

BitLife — Life Simulator

  • BitLife is a virtual life simulation game where players can make virtual choices that are based on real-life decisions from infancy to death, which are limited to going to see a movie or doctor. Also, players' choices increase as they get older in the game.
  • Choices available to players on BitLife — Life Simulator, which ultimately determines the levels of health, appearance, and smartness of players include how to spend time, make money, and developing relationships with virtual profiles, according to a report by CNN.
  • According to AppGrooves, BitLife — Life Simulator has over 5 million downloads across Android and iOS devices.
  • We included BitLife — Life Simulator as an emerging technology among American teens because, in January 2019, CNN reported it among apps that were popular among teens in the United States, while a report by San Diego Family in May 2019 noted that it was among the trending apps for teens in the US.

Discord

  • Discord has a website and mobile application version that connects gamers through voice, text, and video hosted on servers that anyone can create; the platform allows gamers to chat with their colleagues, as well as for social media purposes even when they are not gaming.
  • By the end of December 2018, Discord had over 200 million users across its website and application portals, according to a report by San Diego Family.
  • AppGrooves' report shows that the Discord mobile application has over 50 million downloads across iOS and Android devices.
  • We included Discord as an emerging technology among American teens because, in January 2019, CNN reported it among apps that were popular among teens in the United States, while a report by San Diego Family in May 2019 noted that it was among the trending apps for teens in the US.

Holla

  • Holla is a live random video chat application that connects users with strangers. Once a user signs up through their Facebook account or phone number, they are matched with a stranger, and both of them appear live on camera.
  • The application works like Tinder, allowing users to set up location tracking and get paired with nearby people; also, users can continue swiping until they find a user with mutual likeness who then connects live on camera.
  • According to AppGrooves, Holla has over 10 million app downloads across Android and iOS devices.
  • We included Holla as an emerging technology among American teens because, in January 2019, CNN reported it among apps that were popular among teens in the United States, while a report by San Diego Family in May 2019 noted that it was among the trending apps for teens in the US.

Research Strategy:

To identify emerging technologies that are currently gaining popularity among teenagers in the United States in the last 3-6 months, we researched news articles, review sites, and trusted media portals for reports revealing technologies that were significant and growing in popularity among teens in the US within the same period. This investigation revealed a report by CNN in January 2019, which listed apps, games, and social platforms that were silently becoming popular among teens between the ages of 12 and 17 years in the US. Also, we located another report by San Diego Family in May 2019 listing the trending applications among teens from 12 to 17 years in the United States.

Unfortunately, there was no report in the public domain revealing the top emerging technologies in the US for teens in the last 3-6 months. Our research for the top emerging technologies trending among US teens only yielded a report by Lifewire, which listed the hottest app for teens, as well as Your Teens Mag's report that highlighted the most popular applications for teens in the US. However, the technologies identified by Lifewire, Your Teens Mag, and others were already popular technologies such as Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, and others, so we could not include them in this research as these are not emerging tech applications that started becoming popular in the last 3-6 months. Also, we examined reports on app directories such as App Annie, Sensor Tower, and others, but there was no list of 'top emerging technologies' popular among teens in the US in the last 3-6 months. Instead, these portals only listed the top apps on Android's PlayStore and the Apple Store, respectively, with no information relevant to the top emerging ones trending among US teens in the last 3-6 months.

Therefore, we examined the reports by CNN and San Diego Family, respectively, to identify technologies acknowledged to be trending among US teens by both reports. From these reports, we identified the first 4 listed technologies that were gaining popularity among teens in the United States starting from CNN's report in January 2019 up to the San Diego Family's report in May 2019. Also, we located review reports of each technology by AppGrooves, which showed that each of these technologies have over five million downloads across Android and iOS devices. Hence, we took the first 4 technologies listed by CNN and San Diego Family, as a proxy for the top emerging and trending technologies that are currently popular among teenagers between 12 and 17 years in the last 3 to 6 months.


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