Did you know that in 2010, 88% of women purchased tech products as compared to 83% percent of men? Yep, it’s a proven stat.
With this stat in mind, last night we gathered with dozens of amazing women on Twitter to talk about MOMS and TECH. We were curious about the gadgets they’re using, how they’re using tech and how they’re balancing their usage, as well as their kids.
We also gathered four tech bloggers to moderate and guide us as we talk about two topics close to their hearts and professional lives. They were: Beckie Mostello from Tech Talk for Moms, Heidi Leder from Coast 2 Coast Mom, Jacqueline Cromwell from Nerd Family Blogs and Grace Duffy from Formerly Gracie.
What did we find out? That moms are tech geeks. They’re using iPads, iPhones, Mac Computers, Androids, Roku, HP Laptops, Apple TV, nooks and more. When asked what gadgets they’re currently using, they had a lot to say:
Tracyparral: I use my desktop, laptop, iPad, and Samsung tablet, and on occasion my phone.
Graceduffy: I have an obscene number of tablets in my house.
CoziFamily: I’m such an Apple geek: Macbook, iPad, iPhone are my main gadgets.
These tech savvy moms are online often but they balance their time when the kids are around.
C2C Mom: We’re always connected!
hippie_mom: Phones are to easy for mulit-tasking so always.
nikki2kids: too many hours, but I”m always connected to the internet.
techtalkformoms: most of the day, I try to turn off when kids get home from school.
ophelan83: My kid is a techbaby. I dont ever stop him from using it because its just part of his generation
There are lots of social media moms. Women use it to connect to other moms, they use it for work, as well as pleasure, but are definitely more careful of their use of venting on social media. There is also a clear love for Pinterest among women, as most at our party last night expressed their love for the new, extremely popular tool.
lilstylefile: Social Media is a creative outlet for us! We use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram on a daily basis!
IrishRed02: Yes! Its a sounding board for many facets of life: advice, questions, rants.
Women choose gadgets for functionality, not design. They use apps to manage their busy lives, particularly calling out to Google Calendar, Cozi, Stickie Notes, Drop Box and Evernote.
And moms love educational apps. They had a lot to say about their importance:
secretskri_jail: educational apps are very important. that is what we try and find. educational yet fun
techtalkformoms: ebooks are another mode to help a struggling reader learn to read
CoziFamily: Agree! Book apps, educational apps. I’ll let my kids spend way more time on that than just games
techtalkformoms: I think book apps r great, what ever it takes to get children reading!
@iPad_storytime: if I focus on the quality of tech use by my kid, it’s easier 2 set limits on quantity.
ophelan83: Super important! Education is our first priority in my home.
We couldn’t have enjoyed our discussion more and thank everyone for coming to our Moms & Tech Twitter Party. We also send our congratulations to all the prize winners and thanks to our wonderful prize sponsors: Cozi, FashionPlaytes, The Digital Mom Handbook,Blue Sky Planners, Discovery Bay Games and My Little Pony.
It’s a wrap!