Teens, Smartphones & Texting
March 24th, 2012

A late Pew Internet study tells us how much and how teens text.… ‘Texting on a cellphone’ examines the tools teens use to communicate, with a particular focus on mobile devices, and then places the use of those tools in the broader context of how teens choose to communicate with people in their lives. Texting volume is up while the frequency of voice calling is down. About one in four teens say they own smartphones. Read the full report by Amanda Lenhart on Pew Internet.

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.

Overall, 16% of all teens have used a tablet computer to go online in the last 30 days and smartphone owners are also the most likely to be tablet users. Some 30% of smartphone users have used tablets to go online in the past month, while 13% of regular phone users and 9% of those without cell phones have done the same. Fewer smartphone users have used the internet on a desktop or laptop computer in the last month than regular phone users (85% vs. 93%.)

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