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Maltese study finds large portion of kids below legal age use Facebook [Malta Independent, The]
[June 28, 2014]

Maltese study finds large portion of kids below legal age use Facebook [Malta Independent, The]

(Malta Independent, The Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) 40 percent of Maltese children aged 13 and under have a facebook account, however the legal age for using Facebook is 13, Academic Vanessa Camilleri said today whilst releasing the results of a study titled; Digital and Video Game Usage in Malta.

The study was conducted by the University of Malta and the research was funded by the Malta Communications Authority.

It was also revealed that 20 percent of people aged between 45 and 54 and 9.5 percent of people aged 25-34 had no internet access.

Malta more dependent on ICTMalta is becoming ever more dependent on ICT, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth Jose Herrera said today whilst attending the release of the findings.

Dr Herrera emphasised the need to use the digital world for both work as well as enjoyment.

"This is just one of many research projects funded by the MCA. Other projects include a study of internet use by children and a study regarding elderly and their view of technology," the Parliamentary Secretary said.   The study shows that a large portion of Maltese enjoy playing video games, with 74 percent of the research group, which was made up of 1,268 people aged between three and 54, playing. A gender gap does indeed exist, with the majority of gamers (62 percent) being male.

Video games in MaltaThe results found that most people enjoyed playing games on their laptop and desktop computers as opposed to consoles. It also found that 97.6 percent of parents allow children aged three to six to play digital and video games.

The most popular genre played in Malta across the board are puzzle-based games, including Tetris and Solitaire.

Contrary to popular belief, the study found that not all teenagers enjoy playing games, with a significant portion of female teenagers stating that they do not play.

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