New report: Teens, Smartphones & Texting

Texting dominates teens’ general communication choices, and 23% of teens own a smartphone.  The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the median teen text user. Among teen communication choices:

  • 63% say that they use text to communicate with others every day.
  • 39% of teens make and receive voice calls on their mobile phones every day.
  • 35% of all teens socialize with others in person outside of school on a daily basis.
  • 29% of all teens exchange messages daily through social network sites.
  • 22% of teens use instant messaging daily to talk to others.
  • 19% of teens talk on landlines with people in their lives daily.
  • 6% of teens exchange email daily.
Our new report explores the tools teens use to communicate, with a particular focus on mobile devices, and then places the use of those tools in the broader context of how teens choose to communicate with people in their lives. Read more