Popularity of texting among US teens

According to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which offers some insights on the teen culture and communication, texting has risen dramatically even since 2008, eclipsing cell phone calls, instant messaging, social networks -- and talking face-to-face. This surge the study attributes to the fact that unlike phone calls, text messaging can be quietly carried out under the noses of parents, teachers or other authority figures and, unlike computers, it can be done almost anywhere.

The findings of the study are:

  75 percent of teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 now own cellphones

  A third of U.S. teenagers with cellphones send more than 100 texts a day

  Girls typically send or receive three times more number of text messages per day compared to boys. Girls send or receive 80 text messages per day and boys, 30 per day.

  87 percent of those who text said that they sleep with, or next to, their phone.

  While boys don't typically use punctuation, for girls such nuances are critical. This can be attributed to girls’ attempt to avoid misunderstandings.

  Percentage of teens with cellphones who sent at least one text message a day increased from 38 percent in 2008 to 54 percent in September 2009.

  38 percent of teens said they daily make at least one cell phone call, 30 percent said they talk on a landline phone and 24 percent said they used instant messaging

The study underline that the texting culture among teens has reached such a culminating point where now teens expect other teens to respond to text messaging and to be available; and texting has become a part of their lives . --------

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