Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project have released a report that shows the growth of texting in the daily life of teenagers, the decline of phone use and the first ever released figures of smartphone ownership amongst teenagers.
The Pew Internet and American Life survey took place April 19 through July 14, 2011, and was conducted using landline and cell phones, in English and Spanish, to 799 teens ages 12-17 and a parent or guardian.
The aim of the report is to highlight the ways teenagers choose to communicate with each other and others paying particular attention to mobile device use.The research report by Senior Research Specialist Amanda Lenhart Teens, Smartphones and Texting lists the following main findings:
• teenagers have increased the amount of text messages they send and receive
• speaking on cell phones and landlines is not as popular as in the past
• heavy texters are also heavy talkers
• 25% of teens have a smartphone
• teens now send 60 texts a day as compared to 50 in 2009
In her news release Amanda Lenhart says:
Mobile devices increasingly dominate teens’ communicative lives,
Teens continue to privilege texting while their use of email, instant messaging and even voice calling has moved to the background.