Shocker: Older Teens Texting More

Are you surprised? Neither are we.

The Pew Research Center has released a study covering texting habits for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17. The sample for the study was 799 (not sure why they didn’t go for a full 800). The last time Pew measured this data was 2009.

They found overall that texting among all teenagers was up. The average amount of texts for all teens went up from 2009 from 50 to 60 texts per day. This should come as no surprise to you, but teens between the ages of 14 and 17 averaged 100 texts per day.

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This data shows many teens are giving up the phone call for the keyboard. Teens also resort to text messaging so that their voices don’t need to be heard in their homes. It’s much easier to plan a clandestine party at a friends house who’s parents aren’t going to be home, if you don’t have to have an audible conversation.

All of that side, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that teenage girls text nearly double that of teenage boys.

The study found that 77% of the group had a cell phone. 54% of those surveyed with a cell phone had a basic flip style phone and 23% had a smartphone. According to our good friend Sean Ludwig at Venture Beat, demographics didn’t have much to do with the smartphone statistic. However, the education level of parents did. Pew found that 26% of teens whose parents were college educated had a smartphone.

source: Venture Beat