Safer Internet Day: Young ignore ‘social media age limit’

Using a mobile phone

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The reason that most social media platforms have set 13 years as their cut-off point is a US law called Coppa (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), which dates back to 1998.

It mandated that online services would have to seek “verifiable parental consent” from younger users and would then be restricted as to how they could use the data.

Many apps subsequently decided it would not be worth their while.

Facebook was the most popular with under-13s, with 49% claiming to be users.

Instagram was used by 41% of 10 to 12 year olds and the company said “keeping the community safe” online was its “number one priority”

Among 16 to 18 year olds, two in five had used social media to spread gossip and a quarter had used it to say something “unkind” or “rude” to someone else online.

Related: Here is an article about a platform designed for kids under 13.

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Spotify data hints at a ‘musical midlife crisis’ for 42-year-old music fans

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek (32) and investor Sean Parker (35) are a few years off musical midlife crises – in theory

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Streaming music service Spotify has identified 42 as the age when many of its users rediscover the joys of current pop music, as part of research into how their tastes mature over time.

“We’re starting to listen to ‘our’ music, not ‘the’ music. Music taste reaches maturity at age 35. Around age 42, music taste briefly curves back to the popular charts — a musical midlife crisis and attempt to harken back to our youth, perhaps?”

The findings come from a study conducted by Ajay Kalia, who oversees Spotify’s “taste profiles” product, which tries to understand people’s tastes based on their listening habits.