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connectivity to friends, networks and the information that these devices allow. Teens in our focus groups talked about how in many families, parents as much as teens
were the instigators of the first phone purchase. Parents are most often the phone
provider – 70% of teens have phones fully paid for by someone else. Most American
teenagers get their first cell phone in middle school, at age 12 or 13: 23% of teens got
their first cell phone at age 12 and another 23% got their first phone at age 13. About
20% of teens have their first phone by the time they enter middle school (age 11 or under
for first cell phone owned). Another 14% of teens get their first phone at age 14 and
roughly 20% get their first phone when they ’re between 15 and 17. Teens from lower income households generally must wait a little longer to get their first
cell phone. A greater proportion of teens from lower income households – earning less
than $30,000 annually — got their cell phones at later ages, with 18% getting their first
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course INFORMATIO 101 at Rutgers.
- Fall '13