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Mary Meeker on a Five-Year-Old’s Favorite Apps (Video)

What were you doing when you were five years old? Consider the experience of Mary Meeker’s niece.

Asked during a question-and-answer session following her onstage presentation at D: All Things Digital about why — with all the changes being wrought by the Internet and digital technologies — we don’t seem to be getting any smarter.

Meeker answered by describing how she asked her 5-year-old niece about her favorite mobile apps. At first it seemed ridiculous to ask that question, but the answer was not ridiculous. The youngster rattled off five apps without missing a breath.

“For a new generation of kids, this will be really exciting,” Meeker said. “You or I may not get any smarter, but the new generation may.”

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