According to a new study, teens are texting more than ever. For teens in U.S., cell phones (especially text messaging) are a key way to stay connected with friends and other people in their lives, according to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
As per the report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, amount of texts sent and receive each day among teenagers has jumped in the past few years, especially among boys, older teens and African-Americans. The study looked at the behavior of nearly 800 teens ages 12 to 17 during a three-part survey between April and July 2011 and a series of focus groups involving 57 people ages 12 to 19.
Pew found that 63% of all teens say they exchange text messages every day with people in their lives, including their parents. Also, nearly half of all teens send and receive text messages with friends daily. In contrast, 28% teens say they never text their friends — but then, 23% of teens don’t have a cell phone at all.
Girls are still the most active texters, sending and receiving a median of 100 texts a day compared to boys sending 50. However, boys are texting more than they were just two years ago — in 2009, they sent about 30 each day. African-American teens are also texting more, up to 80 each day from 60 in 2009.
Just over 33% of all parents of cell phone-using teens report using parental controls to help them manage their kids’ cell phone use. These controls can include limits on which websites they can access, which apps they can download and limits on the amount or hours of texting. If their teens have simpler feature phones (rather than smartphones), parents are more likely to enable these controls.
Nearly two in five teens say they never or cannot exchange instant messaging, and another 39% of teens say they never exchange e-mail. Do you think texting will ever replace phone calls? As teens get older, do you think they will eventually embrace email? Let us share in the comments.