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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

ImageThree-quarters of teens now own cell phones, and text messaging is their preferred form of contact

Teenagers have embraced text messaging as their main form of communication, but mobile phones are often a source of tension with parents and schools, a new survey found.

The frequency with which teens text has overtaken every other form of interaction, including instant messaging and talking face-to-face, according to a study released April 20 by researchers at Pew Research Center and the University of Michigan.

Three-quarters of teens now own cell phones, up from 45 percent in 2004. Of those who own cell phones, 88 percent text, up from just over half in 2006.

At the same time, cell phones and teens’ attachment to them are a source of conflict with parents and schools. Many parents limit cell phone use, and 48 percent said they use the technology to monitor their kids’ whereabouts—either by using GPS technology or calling the child to check in. Not surprisingly, the parents of girls ages 12 and 13 were more likely to say they monitor cell phone use.

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