Google finds that teenagers are more likely to use voice search than adults

Google finds that teenagers are more likely to use voice search than adults
Google has released an infographic that reveals the results of a survey of 1400 teens and adults with a smartphone. The goal is to see who is using voice search, and why. As it turns out, 55% of teens employ the feature at least once a day, as opposed to 41% of adults who use it daily. The figure for teens rises to 75% for those youngsters who use their smartphone more than 11 hours a day.

So just what are teens and adults using voice search for? Both use it to ask for directions (38% teens, 40% adults). But while 31% of teens use voice search to help them do homework, 39% of adults use it to dictate texts. As to where we use voice search, 22% of teens and 15% of the grown-ups use voice search in the bathroom. Both age groups do have something in common. They both use voice search the most, while watching television.

Voice Search, which includes virtual personal assistants like Google Now, Siri and Cortana, is cool according to 79% of teens. Even 63% of adults say the same thing. 45% of the teens wished that voice search could send them a pizza while 44% of adults want it to help find their keys. Ironically, there are apps and accessories that will help both sides get what they want.

If you're interested in how voice search is used by teens and adults, and to see how you fit in with the results of the survey, check out the slideshow below!

source: Google



1. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

I honestly thought it would be the other way around, and I don't know about everyone else but with accuracy included voice search doesn't seem to be more efficient than manual for me.

14. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Just depends on what you need. Voice search is my go-to for specific things, especially location based searches, identifying music, flight status, etc.

27. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

How they know we are using it while watching television, are you spying us.....

2. Saioofi

Posts: 343; Member since: May 23, 2014

IMO Cortana is the best voice assistant. Not trying to spark up an argument or anything that's just my opinion

8. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Its maybe 3rd best.. At best

11. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Clearly, based on the first response to your comment, this is not going to be a discussion where people see eye-to-eye. All three have their merits, and all three are fairly capable. Let's just leave it at that as far as this article goes.

16. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Well said +10 I expect 9 other people to upvote you.

19. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

There..another +1

20. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I made 7. Trying to get you that 10.

25. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

DogeShibe, I think you started a movement here. +10 indeed. Hats off to the community.

26. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

There you have +10 :)

22. AlikMalix unregistered

+1. (One more to go)

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Interesting and suprising results.

4. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

As a teenager, I use Google now all the time but never really use the voice search.

5. god996

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

"Why do we use voice search?" "It's safer." LOL

6. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Not even close to a teenager and I use voice search all the time.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I literally never use voice search or Google now Sometimes I might play with them, but never anything actually useful.

15. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Do you have android or WP?

24. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Xperia Z2 so Android.

9. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

It's pretty funny when I hear my father in law try to use it. He's Portuguese.....poor Siri can't understand him.

10. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Am i the only one who doesn't use voice search?

12. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

How does it when you're in the bathroom??? 0_0

13. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Oh didn't see that it's from a survey, not collected from searches...

17. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I usually use the voice search to help translate my Spanish homework...

18. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I almost never use it and when I do I'm usually in the car when I can't use my hands. I really don't like having to speak much more clearly and more articulate than I would normally speaking. Sometimes I wish it could just know what I want to search.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I use Google now all the time. To set next day alarm. Samsung S Voice to reply sms with my gear watch. I like to adapt to new approach to interact with technology.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

Use Siri all the time. My wife been using Siri since iOS 7. The nice thing about Siri search is you can command which search engine or where exactly to search (on phone or online). I use it to change settings, control music while its docked, find peoples locations, reminders and calendar settings, I learned that the more u use these things the more they learn you and what u mean. For example asking to text/call one Mike all the time instead of the other - she brings up that contact without asking which of Mikes you want to text/call after a while. I'm 34.

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