Teens Turn to Text Messages as Dominant Form of Communication

On Monday, the Pew Research Center released a report which monitors texting frequency among teenagers. The report finds that teenagers utilize texting as their most dominant form of communication. 68% of teens send more than 20 texts each day, 30% send more than 100 texts a day, and 18% send more than 200 texts each day. The median text user sends 60 texts a day. This figure rose from 50 texts in 2009.  On the other hand, the frequency that teens talk on the cell phone or on a landline has dropped.  Just 14% of teens say they talk to their friends on a landline, down from 30% in 2009.  26% of teens call friends on their cell phones, down from 38% in 2009.  Incidentally, Pew finds that those who send the greatest number of texts also converse on the phone the most. Additionally, smartphone ownership is also on the rise among teens. 23% of those aged 12-17 use smartphones, but after trimming down the age group to just those aged 14-17, that percentage rises to 31%. The full report contains the demographics of cell phone usage among teens.

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