Teens and Smartphones

So how do teens communicate?

According to recent data, American teens prefer texting to talking with other teens and with any others with whom they communicate. So it's not surprising that the frequency of teens’ phone chatter with friends – on cell phones and landlines – has fallen.

According to - a report published in March 2012 by Pew Internet & American Life Project:
  • 77% of teens aged 12-17 have a cell phone, and 23% of all kids aged 12-17 say they have a smartphone
  • 31% of ages 14-17 have a smartphone, compared with just 8% of youth ages 12-13
  • 14% of all teens say they talk daily with friends on a landline, down from 30% who said so in 2009. Nearly a third (31%) of teens say they never talk on a landline with friends (or report that they cannot do so).

  • Texting among teens is on the rise: the volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts per day
  • 26% of all teens (including those with and without cell phones) say they talk daily with friends on their cell phone, down from 38% of teens in 2009.

Lenhart, Amanda (2012). “Teens, Smartphones & Texting”, A Pew Internet & American Life Project Report, Retrieved March. 20, 2012 from

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