Teenagers Now Texting 60 Times a Day

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March 20 2012 2:56 PM

Teenagers Now Texting 60 Times a Day

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(In a picture taken on August 20, 2010 a Chinese man sends a text message on his cell phone in Beijing. In the U.S., teenagers are texting more than ever.)

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If you think the teenagers in your life are texting a lot, you’ve now got some scientific proof to support your claims.

According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, the average teen texts a whopping 60 times per day. Nearly two-thirds of teenagers interviewed said they texted with friends every day—almost once every 15 minutes they were awake. So parents are likely yelling, “get off the phone” much less often—only 29 percent of the 799 kids interviewed said they talk to friends on the phone every day. Instant messaging is also on the decline.

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Other trends shown by the study included a significant increase in teens using smartphones, and a jump in the number of texts sent by black teenagers. Parents, maybe its time to adjust your phone plans: bring the minutes down and the monthly texts way, way up.

Video by Krishnan Vasuvedan

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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