DiigoNotes - Teens, Cell Phones and Texting

    • Teens, Cell Phones and Texting
    • by Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project
      April 20, 2010
    • 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.
    • 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.
      • Some 38% of teens were daily texters in February 2008, and that has risen to 54% of teens who use text daily in September 2009. Of the 75% of teens who own cell phones, 87% use text messaging at least occasionally. Among those teen texters:

        • Half of teens send 50 or more text messages a day, or 1,500 texts a month, and one in three send more than 100 texts a day, or more than 3,000 texts a month.
        • 15% of teens who are texters send more than 200 texts a day, or more than 6,000 texts a month.
        • Boys typically send and receive 30 texts a day; girls typically send and receive 80 messages per day.
        • Teen texters ages 12-13 typically send and receive 20 texts a day.
        • 14-17 year-old texters typically send and receive 60 text messages a day.
        • Older girls who text are the most active, with 14-17 year-old girls typically sending 100 or more messages a day or more than 3,000 texts a month.
        • However, while many teens are avid texters, a substantial minority are not. One-fifth of teen texters (22%) send and receive just one to 10 texts a day or 30 to 300 texts a month.
    • Girls more fully embrace most aspects of cell phone-based communication.
      • Girls are also more likely than boys to text for social reasons, to text privately and to text about school work.

        • 59% of girls text several times a day to "just say hello and chat"; 42% of boys do so.
        • 84% of girls have long text exchanges on personal matters; 67% of boys have similar exchanges.
        • 76% of girls text about school work, while 64% of boys text about school.
      • 64% of parents look at the contents of their child's cell phone and 62% of parents have taken away their child's phone as punishment.
      • 46% of parents limit the number of minutes their children may talk and 52% limit the times of day they may use the phone.
      • 48% of parents use the phone to monitor their child's location.3
      • Parents of 12-13 year-old girls are more likely to report most monitoring behavior.
      • Limiting a child's text messaging does relate to lower levels of various texting behaviors among teens. These teens are less likely to report regretting a text they sent, or to report sending sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images by text (also known as "sexting").
      • Teens whose parents limit their texting are also less likely to report being passengers in cars where the driver texted behind the wheel or used the phone in a dangerous manner while driving.
      • 12% of all students say they can have their phone at school at any time.
      • 62% of all students say they can have their phone in school, just not in class.
      • 24% of teens attend schools that ban all cell phones from school grounds.
      • Still, 65% of cell-owning teens at schools that completely ban phones bring their phones to school every day.
      • 58% of cell-owning teens at schools that ban phones have sent a text message during class.
      • 43% of all teens who take their phones to school say they text in class at least once a day or more.
      • 64% of teens with cell phones have texted in class; 25% have made or received a call during class time.
    • Teens from low-income households, particularly African-Americans, are much more likely than other teens to go online using a cell phone.
      • 21% of teens who do not otherwise go online say they access the internet on their cell phone.
      • 41% of teens from households earning less than $30,000 annually say they go online with their cell phone. Only 70% of teens in this income category have a computer in the home, compared with 92% of families from households that earn more.
      • 44% of black teens and 35% of Hispanic teens use their cell phones to go online, compared with 21% of white teens.
      • 94% of parents and 93% of teens ages 12-17 with cell phones agreed with the statement: "I feel safer because I can always use my cell phone to get help." Girls and mothers especially appreciate the safety aspects of cell ownership.
      • 94% of cell users ages 12-17 agree that cell phones give them more freedom because they can reach their parents no matter where they are.
      • 83% use their phones to take pictures.
      • 64% share pictures with others.
      • 60% play music on their phones.
      • 46% play games on their phones.
      • 32% exchange videos on their phones.
      • 31% exchange instant messages on their phones.
      • 27% go online for general purposes on their phones.
      • 23% access social network sites on their phones.
      • 21% use email on their phones.
      • 11% purchase things via their phones.
      • 69% of teen cell phone users have a phone that is part of a contract covering all of their family's cell phones.
      • 18% of teen cell phone users are part of a prepaid or pay-as-you-go plan.
      • 10% of teen cell phone users have their own individual contract.
      • 5% of teens say they have received a sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude image of someone they know by text.
      • Older teens are more likely to receive "sexts" than younger teens.
      • The teens who pay their own phone bills are more likely to send "sexts": 17% of teens who pay for all of the costs associated with their cell phones send sexually suggestive images via text; just 3% of teens who do not pay for or only pay for a portion of the cost of the cell phone send these images.
      • One in three (34%) texting teens ages 16-17 say they have texted while driving. That translates into 26% of all American teens ages 16-17.

        • Half (52%) of cell-owning teens ages 16-17 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving. That translates into 43% of all American teens ages 16-17.
        • 48% of all teens ages 12-17 say they have been in a car when the driver was texting.
        • 40% say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.

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Comments

The point you make about teens and texting was brought to life for me last month when my 17 year old daughter ran up a $300 dollar texting bill on her cell phone. Ouch! So we switched to a prepaid to keep that under control. I buy a certain amount and thats it unless she buys more with her allowance and money from babysitting etc.
Carl Anderson said…
Does Diigo provide this as an automation option, posting your notes and highlights to your blog? Or did you have to copy and paste?

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