Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, although calling is a close second: 54% of teens say they sent and received text messages daily in September 2009, up from the 38% some 18 months earlier, according to a survey from Pew.
Three-quarters of teens age 12-17 (75%) say they own a cell phone, including 58% of those age 12, 73% of those age 13, and 83% of those age 17.
Among teens who own a cell phone, 88% say they send and receive text messages, a sharp increase from the 51% of teens who were texters in 2006.
Among those texters today:
- 47% send 50+ text messages a day, or more than 1,500 messages a month.
- 31% send 100+ text messages a day, or more than 3,000 a month.
- 15% of teens who are texters send more than 200 texts a day, or more than 6,000 a month.
Below, other findings from the survey Teens and Mobile Phones, issued by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
Texting More Popular Among Girls
Nearly eight in ten girls (77%) say they send text messages, compared with 68% of boys.
Older teens are also more active: 77% of those age 14-17 say they text, compared with 61% of those age 12-13.