[This is part 1 of a 3 part series on Teens & Technology.]
If you know a teenager, you know that they are texting machines. In fact, they actually have races now to see who can text the fastest. It is their medium for communication, something that John Dyer would say will have consequences, both good and bad, on that generation and those to come.
But just how much are teenagers texting?
We had previously shared with you guys an infographic on teen texting habits. A new study that came out from Pew Internet & American Life Project, a leading researching company on technology in our lives, has come up with some amazing statistics from studies about texting with teenagers.
The study brought out some intriguing numbers. Some would say they are scary (parents), others would say opportunities (app developers).
Here is the run down:
- Teens on average are sending and receiving 60 texts each day, up from 50 in 2009.
- Three quarters of teens – 77% – have cell phones.
- Some 23% of all those ages 12-17 say they have a smartphone and ownership is highest among older teens.
- Texting is the dominant daily mode of communication between teens and all those with whom they communicate.
- Older girls remain the most enthusiastic texters, with a median of 100 texts a day in 2011, compared with 50 for boys the same age.
- 63% of all teens say they exchange text messages every day with people in their lives.
What do you think after reading these statistics?
[This is part 1 of a 3 part series on Teens & Technology. Read part 2!]
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