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New poll says teens text friends more than emailing, calling or talking in person



Teen_texting Want to reach the teen in your life? Better send a text message.

According to a new survey of 800 teens by the Pew Center for People and the Press, teens now text message each other more than they make phone calls, send instant messages or even talk in person -- with half of them sending more than 50 messages daily (thank God for unlimited message plans).

This isn't news to anyone actually parenting a teen now, but Pew's study looking at teens and cellphones also documents how fast this phenomenon has spread, jumping from 38 percent of respondents texting friends daily back in February 2008 to 54 percent doing the same in September 2009.

Teen-texting-300x300 And while the typical teen sends about 1,500 messages a month, 31 percent send more than 100 messages daily (3,000 messages per month) and 15 percent send more than 200 texts daily (6,000 text per month)

That's a lot of talk about Justin Beiber and Taylor Lautner.

Some more interesting numbers:

-- 75 percent of 12 to 17 year olds have cellphones.

-- Boys send and receive 30 texts daily; girls send and receive 80.

-- Youth age 14 to 17 send three times as many texts as those aged 12 to 13, averaging 60 messages daily.

-- 65 percent of kids going to schools that ban cellphones take them anyway and 58 percent send text messages during class.

-- One in three teens of driving age say they have sent a text while driving.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:07pm]


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