Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Study: Teens Texting More, Hanging Out Less

Teen Texting Addiction

For those of you with teens of your own, this may not seem like news: According to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project report, teenagers are texting more than ever before at the expense of most other forms of communication.

The average teen in the study sent 60 texts a day, up about 20% from three years ago. Teens aged 14 to 17 sent an average of 100 texts a day, up about 67%. A full 75% of teens actively text, and 77% have smartphones.

Predictably, if teens are texting more, the study shows that they're calling less. Only 39% of teenagers said they make mobile calls daily and 14% talk daily on landlines, as compared to 63% who text daily.

Teenagers in the United States are texting more than ever before and they're more likely as well to have a Smart Phone in their hands, according to a survey released Monday.

On average, youngsters aged 12 to 17 sent 60 text messages on a typical day in 2011, 10 more than they did two years earlier, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found.

Older girls were the most enthusiastic texters, sending 100 texts a day, Pew said.

Boys sent exactly half that number, or 50 text a day, but even that was higher than the average of 30 texts they sent per day in 2009.

"When asked generally about how they communicate with people in their lives- not just about their friends, but about all kinds of people- teens point to text messaging as the dominant daily mode of communication," it said.

Pew also said 23 percent of the 799 youngsters who took part in its telephone survey in the continental United States in April through July last year had a Smart Phone, such as an iPhone or a BlackBerry.

Seventy-seven percent had a cellphone of one kind or another and little changed from 2011 but far above the 44 percent who owned cellphones in 2004.

Suburban white teenagers with parents who had at least a high school education, living in homes with a total income of more than $75,000, were more likely than others to have a cellphone, the Pew researchers found.

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