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Texting More Than Ever, Teens in US: Study

by Nancy Needhima on March 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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Texting More Than Ever, Teens in US: Study

United States is observing teenagers texting more than ever and are also likelier to have a smart phone in their hands, states survey released on 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.

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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.
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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 smartphone, such as an iPhone or a BlackBerry.

Seventy-seven percent had a cellphone of some kind or another -- 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.

Source: AFP
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