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"Teens and Mobile Phones"

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Daily text messaging among teenagers seems to be growing at breakneck speed, says a new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life project.

According to the survey, which was released last week, the percentage of 12- to 17-year-olds who text every day grew from 38 percent in February 2008 to 54 percent in September 2009. Half those young people send 50 or more messages a day.

“Text messaging has become the primary way that teens reach their friends,” the Pew researchers write, “surpassing face-to-face contact, e-mail, instant messaging, and voice calling as the go-to daily communication tool for this age group.”

The biggest texters are 14- to 17-year-old girls, who send an average of 100 messages a day, according to the survey. Younger teenage boys send the fewest text messages.

The results are drawn from a nationally representative sample of 800 teenagers, as well as conversations with nine focus groups around the country. The project is run by the Pew Research Center in Washington.

Vol. 29, Issue 30, Page 5

Published in Print: April 28, 2010, as Text Messaging
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