December 23, 2011

Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals

THOUGH SKYPE is now eight years old, the software - and others like it, including Apple's FaceTime and Google chat - has become a regular fixture in a growing number of American homes, providing new ways for families to stay connected in an age where generations are less likely to gather around the table on Sunday afternoons to share a meal.

With the proliferation of built-in cameras and microphones on computers and mobile devices, broadband connections and program refinements, an average of 300 million minutes of Skype video calls are made a day globally, an increase of about 900 percent from 2007.

During peak time, Sunday morning in the United States, 30 million people are logged into their Skype account with half a million simultaneously making video calls.

>Read more about how video chat reshapes domestic rituals here.

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