Saturday, April 24, 2010

Latest PEW Study on Cell Phones and Teens

The most recent PEW study on Teens and Cell Phones conducted by Amanda Lenhart has uncovered some interesting (although not surprising) data. Below are a few of the highlights (quoted from the document itself):
  • Cell phones help bridge the digital divide: Teens from low-income households, particularly African-Americans, are much more likely than other teens to go online using a cell phone.
  • Most schools treat the phone as a disruptive force that must be managed and often excluded from the school and the classroom.
  • For parents, teens' attachment to their phones is an area of conflict and regulation.
  • Girls more fully embrace most aspects of cell phone-based communication.
  • One in three teens sends more than 100 text messages a day, or 3000 texts a month.
  • One in three (34%) texting teens ages 16-17 say they have texted while driving. That translates into 26% of all American teens ages 16-17.
  • 4% of teens say they have sent a sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude image of themselves to someone via text message.
  • 15% of teens say they have received a sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude image of someone they know by text.

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