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Teen Texting Now Tops Teen Cell Calling

Teen texting between friends has now overtaken cell phone communications - and every very other common form of interaction - according to a study by Pew Research.

Pew found that two-thirds of teen texters reported being more likely to use their cell phones for texting than to dial them up and talk over a cell phone.

Other findings from the report:

  •   Half of teens send 50 or more text messages a day, or 1,500 texts a month. One in three send more than 100 texts a day (or more than 3,000 texts a month.)
  •  15% of teen texters send more than 200 texts a day, or more than 6,000 texts a month.

  •  Boys send and receive 30 texts a day; girls typically send and receive 80 messages per day.

  •  Teen texters ages 12-13 typically send and receive 20 texts a day.

  •  14-17 year-old texters typically send and receive 60 text messages a day.

  •  Older girls who text are the most active, with 14-17 year-old girls typically sending 100 or more messages a day or more than 3,000 texts a month.

  • 22% of of teen texters send and receive just one to 10 texts a day, or 30 to 300 texts a month.