Teens And Cell Phones: Text Messaging Tops Usage

Text Messaging has become the centerpiece of communication for American Teens.

From the Pew Research Center:

The mobile phone has become the favored communication hub for the majority of American teens.1

Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, with cell calling a close second. Some 75% of 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones, up from 45% in 2004. Those phones have become indispensable tools in teen communication patterns. Fully 72% of all teens2 — or 88% of teen cell phone users — are text-messagers. That is a sharp rise from the 51% of teens who were texters in 2006. More than half of teens (54%) are daily texters.

Among all teens, their frequency of use of texting has now overtaken the frequency of every other common form of interaction with their friends (see chart below).

Teen Texting

Teen Texting

Fully two-thirds of teen texters say they are more likely to use their cell phones to text their friends than talk to them to them by cell phone.

One in three teens sends more than 100 text messages a day, or 3000 texts a month.

Learn more about teen communication behaviors and trends from the Pew Research Center.

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