Modern Family: Do you keep up or stay silent?

By: Staff

According to a research report published by Microsoft Corp., working in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), what percentage of those surveyed felt online communication was a helpful form of family communication?

Those responding to the survey were between the ages of 13 and 75, and 83 percent felt that online communication was a helpful way for family members to keep in touch.

You know kids are into social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but how many adults use social networking sites?

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 66 percent of adults use social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

According to the same Pew Research Center study, what percentage of adults use social networking to reconnect with friends they've lost touch with?

That would be 50 percent.

How many children between the ages of 6 and 9 have cell phones?

C&R Research reported recently that 22 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 9 have their own cell phones.

What is Skype?

Skype is an Internet telephony service that offers free and low-cost calling options.

Some cell phones (and other devices) come equipped with GPS locator chips. What does GPS stand for?

GPS stands for global positioning system. It's used for satellite navigation.

Across the globe, about how many people are talking on cell phones every second?

Every second of every day, about 4,239,956 people across the globe are chatting via cell phone.

How long does the average consumer use a cell phone before pitching (or recycling) it?

According to EnviroSmart, the average consumer holds onto a cell phone for 12 to 18 months.

Is it a good idea to put a TV in your tween's bedroom?

Expert opinion is mixed. A growing body of research does suggest, though, that younger children with TVs in their bedroom are more likely to be overweight and may be less inclined to read for pleasure.

How many Americans never use the Internet?

According to the Digital Literacy Fact Sheet published by the U.S. Department of Commerce in May of 2011, 28 percent of Americans don't use the Internet.

How many teens with cell phones have admitted to texting while driving?

According to a report published by AAA, 46 percent of teens have admitted to texting while driving.

What percentage of kids between the ages of 12 and 17 own a mobile device like a cell phone?

Around 75 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 17 have at least one mobile device.

What is the biggest reason parents buy their children cell phones?

Although staying in touch is high on the list, the determining factor in a parent's decision to buy a cell phone is the child's safety and security.

Facebook is one of the premier social networking sites on the Web. About how many active users are there on Facebook across the world?

As of December 2011, global Facebook users who signed on at least monthly numbered 845 million.

If you don't keep in touch with family via Facebook, you may tweet them your latest news using the popular Twitter microblogging service. What's the maximum number of characters allowed in a Twitter tweet (mini-blog post)?

Tweets are limited to 140 characters.

Using a cell phone to text suggestive material can be a big no-no, especially during family time. What is this type of texting called?

That would be sexting.

If you've started texting with the kids -- or the grandkids -- knowing the right abbreviations can make you look pretty cool. When texting, what does "831" mean?

This one means: "I love you," or 8 letters, 3 words and 1 meaning.

Here's another texting abbreviation you should know: 9.

This one warns that a parent is watching.

The Internet is making it easier than ever for families to trace their roots using geneaology sites and software. What's the most popular online site for genealogy research?

That would be Ancestry.com.

What's the popular term used to describe using technology to harass another person?

That would be cyberbullying.

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About This Quiz

Let's see how much you know about the current stats (and acronyms) of modern family communications. If you're texting prowess is legendary and your Facebook wall is always current, this should be child's play.

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