Teens, Smartphones & Texting

Mar 19, 2012

Texting is the dominant daily mode of communication between teens and all those with whom they communicate.

The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the median teen text user. The frequency of teens' phone chatter with friends - on cell phones and landlines - has fallen. But the heaviest texters are also the heaviest talkers with their friends.

Smartphones are gaining teenage users. Some 23% of all those ages 12-17 say they have a smartphone and ownership is highest among older teens: 31% of those ages 14-17 have a smartphone, compared with just 8% of youth ages 12-13.

Read the full report, Teens, Smartphones & Texting, on the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.

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