Number of Youth with Cell Phones
- 20% of third grade students (8 yrs) have cell phones and 90 % are online Source
- 83% of children in middle school have one
- 77% ages 12-17 have a cell phone
- 57% ages 12-13 owned cell phones in 2011 down from 66% in 2009.
- 82% of teens ages 16-17 have a cell phone
Teen Driving and Cell Phones
- 52% of cell-owning teens ages 16-17 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving. That translates into 43% of all American teens ages 16-17.
- 40% say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.
- 75% of all teens text
- Older teens, boys, and blacks are leading the increase.
- Texting is the dominant daily mode of communication between teens and all those with whom they communicate
- 48% of all teens ages 12-17 say they have been in a car when the driver was texting
- Average teen girls sends/receives nearly 4k texts a month
- Monthly usage up 256% from 2010-2011
A 2011 study revealed:
- The average teenager (12-17 years-old) sends 60 texts on a typical day. Girls send twice as many texts boys.
- “63% of all teens say they exchange text messages every day with people in their lives. This far surpasses the frequency with which they pick other forms of daily communication, including
- calling by cell phone (39% do that with others every day),
- face-to-face socializing outside of school (35%),
- social network site messaging (29%),
- instant messaging (22%),
- talking on landlines (19%) and
- emailing (6%).”
- Almost one in four teenagers (23%) report owning a Smartphone.
- 6% of all American teens use cell-phone-based location services.