Many U.S. preschoolers ages 3 to 5 know how to play a computer game before having achieved developmental milestones such as tying their shoes unaided or reciting their home phone number by heart, according to a new study by AVG Technologies.
The survey showed that of U.S. preschoolers, 14 percent can tie their shoes unaided, 26 percent know their home phone number, but 75 percent can play a computer game.
Sixty-seven percent of those children can also operate at least one app on a smartphone or tablet -- an increase of 38 percent since the same question was asked four years ago.
“Major moments in a child’s life, such as the first time they ride a bike, appear to be increasingly superseded by digital coming-of-age capabilities like operating a smartphone or opening a web browser,” according to a news release issued by AVG, a provider of Internet and mobile security with U.S. offices in San Francisco.
The survey was the company’s latest Digital Diaries study, which involved interviewing more than 5,000 mothers across 10 countries about how their children use the Internet and smart devices.